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Marshawn Lynch will stick in crowded backfield

The Bills may not have a quality starting quarterback or much of an offensive line, but they sure have a lot of running backs.

Marshawn Lynch wasn’t traded over draft weekend, and it looks like he won’t move anytime soon.  G.M. Buddy Nix wouldn’t address whether he fielded calls about Lynch during the draft, but Seattle was reportedly interested.

“I’ve said time and time again, he’s ours, he’s here and we’d like for
him to be here,” Nix said.

We don’t expect Lynch to get cut like other veterans that were available over the weekend.  He’s cheap ($885,000 salary), young, and has produced in the past.

Lynch is also probably the No. 3 running back on his team behind Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller.  The team also signed talented undrafted free agent Joique Bell out of Wayne State.

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  1. Big Stretch says: Apr 27, 2010 9:53 AM

    Maybe the Bills didn’t draft a RB because Gailey plans on running it 45 times a game.

  2. Bob Loblaw says: Apr 27, 2010 9:55 AM

    Marshawn Lynch will stick in crowded backfield
    …until his next hit and run.
    (That is if Goodell’s mystical secret formula for doling out suspensions and fines leads him to conclude that this guy has tarnished the sacred NFL shield.)

  3. NomNoms says: Apr 27, 2010 10:06 AM

    This is retarded. we are 3 quality Rbs deep and we dont have a Damn Left Tackle, QB, tightend, 2nd reciever. this team is so ass backwards its not even funny. the bills put themselves in a situation where Marshawn has no trade value and the only position we are stacked in D-cordinators can just stick 8 in the box and stop. Trent, Brohm, Fitz they aint scaring and secondary.

  4. Brooklyn Eagle says: Apr 27, 2010 10:07 AM

    Bills probably have as good a set of RB’s as Tennessee or anyone else. Too bad they have no passing game and no o-line.

  5. pollacksposse says: Apr 27, 2010 10:07 AM

    I highly doubt Buffalo will keep 4 RB’s on the final roster. They NEED a QB. Why dont they trade for Brady Quinn??? He’s the odd man out since McDaniels got his boy in the draft.

  6. Babylonian says: Apr 27, 2010 10:07 AM

    so they have 4 RBs and thats alot? I dont understand.

  7. Big Stretch says: Apr 27, 2010 10:14 AM

    # WarrenMoonGOAT says: April 27, 2010 9:50 AM
    yo Fred Jackson is solid but is he REALLY that much better then Lynch that he’s at the top of the depth chart
    look all Lynch needs is some motivation and a new start, and a new team will help him with that
    ————————————————————
    What makes Fred better is that he is not satisfied with just being in the league. Every time i see FJAX play he seems like he gets better. Marshawn’s play has declined every year and he is a liability having already been suspended once. Next time he screws up it will cost him 8 games.
    I agree that he needs a new start unfortunately i think Buffalo was asking to much for him in a trade. I still think he will be playing somewhere else in 2010. that or he will be traded in season when a team loses their Rb to an injury.

  8. PFTiswhatitis says: Apr 27, 2010 10:18 AM

    The Bills have done an aweful job in the offseason and have so many needs they might want to reconsider and do something with Lynch. Granted they dont have to pay him a lot but I dont see him being super motivated as things stand either. Perfect situation for him to get in trouble one way or another.

  9. tomcous says: Apr 27, 2010 10:29 AM

    The Bills are deep in DB’s (because Jauron kept wanting more) and deep in RB’s because the best player on the Bills board was available when they picked.
    There is still plenty of Offseason left … The QB situation is not going to improve this year unless it’s by experience, but if Jared Gaither’s medical situation is not an issue then I’m confused why he’s not a Bill by now. Baltimore needs DB’s !@$#!!

  10. NomNoms says: Apr 27, 2010 10:34 AM

    get with the program Babylonian its a shit ton when you dont have quality anywhere else on the O side of the ball

  11. Byrd Is The Word says: Apr 27, 2010 10:34 AM

    I think there should be more Marshawn Lynch trade rumors. Buddy Nix saying that Lynch won’t be traded 4 times already isn’t enough IMO. Make Nix deny trade rumors at least 3 more times so that we know he is serious.

  12. bobinpuertorico says: Apr 27, 2010 10:35 AM

    A trade for Brady Quinn might not be such a bad idea. The Bills are very deep in the secondary, so they could offer Donte Whitner, one of their many CBs or Lynch. However, with an improved O-line and a much better head coach, even with the same three QBs the Bills will have a winning record this year.
    Regarding the O-line, it will not be as bad as people think. Of course they need to improve at LT, but last year the line was hurt by starting two rookies at guard and due to injuries. The Bills are likely to pick up a veteran LT, perhaps Flozell Adams, Jared Gaither or someone else. The interior of their line will be solid, with Wood, Hangartner and Levitre. If Green does not succeed at RT, they can use one of the backups who gained experience last year (due to the injuries) or possibly Ed Wang. This year they are better prepared to deal with any injuries, having also drafted Calloway and with UDFA Cord Howard, who was a First Team All ACC Guard last year for Chan Gailey at Georgia Tech.

  13. swervinmervin says: Apr 27, 2010 10:42 AM

    This is why most of the media dropped the ball when they didnt hammer Buffalo for drafting Spiller. They still had Lynch and Jackson. It would be one thing if they traded one of those two or waived them. But the fact that their keeping them both AND drafting Spiller is retarded. Its just as bad as Detroit drafting all of those WRs a few years ago. Lynch was a 1st rounder just a few years ago. That team is going nowhere fast.

  14. That Guy says: Apr 27, 2010 10:51 AM

    OMG… no Brady Quinn please… you can’t be serious.
    Dick Jaruon era loved the safe, check-down game, thought it was okay to punt, didn’t want turnovers.
    To say the Bills are going to be the same lame-ass offense as last year with all new coaches is utterly ridiculous… look for the offense to be better, not great, but lets give it all a chance to all play out. SHEESH!

  15. Beastie Bills says: Apr 27, 2010 10:52 AM

    Marshawn Lynch is better than Fred Jackson. By far.
    I’ve watched every carry of both of their NFL careers, and it shouldn’t even be up for debate.
    Yes, Marshawn got benched in favor of Fred last season. But we’re talking about a coach (Jauron) who was trying desperately to find a scape goat for his crappy team. He cut his starting Left Tackle right before the season started, fired his Offensive Coordinator in training camp, benched the Punt Returner (Roscoe Parrish….who was statistically one of the best returners ever), benched his starting Strong Safety (Whitner), benched his starting QB (Edwards), and benched his starting QB (Lynch).
    Lynch is younger, faster and stronger than Jackson. IF he stays out of trouble (note the capital IF), he should easily pass Fred Jackson on the depth chart.

  16. EG says: Apr 27, 2010 10:52 AM

    don’t they have 5 now? or did they cut Xavier Omon?

  17. CookieFlash says: Apr 27, 2010 10:54 AM

    Gunning for the first pick in next years draft I guess.

  18. Big Stretch says: Apr 27, 2010 10:57 AM

    Brady Quinn sucks and is not worth trading for. If Buffalo wants a QB who constantly checks down they should use the one they already have. I’m looking at you Trent.
    Getting Tyler Thigpen from the Dolphins would makes more sense. He’s athletic and can run Gailey’s spread offense better than Quinn.

  19. TheOne says: Apr 27, 2010 11:11 AM

    Big Stretch – What are you talking about? The Bills did draft a RB, C.J. Spiller. Also now the Bills have 5 runnings backs with a beat up O-line and a 2 not so good QB’s.

  20. ch19079 says: Apr 27, 2010 11:47 AM

    The seahawlks get White for a few spots in the 4th round, just a few spots… Not even a full 4th round pick.
    Lynch is worth more than that. No one offered up a decent trade deal so it didnt happen. That doesnt mean it wont happen.
    Also, they may be waiting until camp starts to get a better look at Spiller before moving Lynch.
    Unless a team offers a 2nd rounder for lynch, I dont see him going anywhere before the season starts. Spiller can do a lot and I can even picture a 3 RB formation from the bills next season with spiller lined up in the slot.

  21. Sasquash says: Apr 27, 2010 11:55 AM

    I couldn’t understand how the Bills could draft Spiller. They have a ton of holes on both sides of the ball. Not to mention the AFC East is alot tuffer now. With Jackson and Lynch they have a solid backfeild. I like Spiller, but I don’t like the pick by the Bills. My opion Spiller reminds me of B.Westbrook, the only difference is Westbrook was better at running between the tackles then Spiller. Spiller can return kicks,punts, run the ball and catch as well. He will be a good player. As for Jackson and Lynch it seems to me that Lynch is the better athlete of the 2 but that Jackson is a harder worker, and isn’t in trouble like Lynch. Bills fans your team is slowly getting better, next year you can take a qb with your next top ten pick and then sure up LT as well, via FA or draft. Your team isn’t ready to compete in that division. I hope for Bills fans that the team starts figuring it out. I’m an Eagles fan but have always like the Bills and felt sorry for there fans. You had a great team back in the day and to not win it all must have been hard. I’ve had a hard time dealing with NFC championship loses and can’t even imagine 4 straight SB loses. F-ING Kicker

  22. finsbooyah says: Apr 27, 2010 12:00 PM

    Despite having so many holes at other positions, people seem to be overlooking that this may be one of the top 5 RB groups in the league (depending on how Spiller translates to the NFL of course).

  23. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Apr 27, 2010 12:21 PM

    damn gregg do u hate me that much that u delete my comments

  24. bills34 says: Apr 27, 2010 12:33 PM

    @ Beastie Bills
    “Marshawn Lynch is better than Fred Jackson. By far.
    I’ve watched every carry of both of their NFL careers, and it shouldn’t even be up for debate.
    Yes, Marshawn got benched in favor of Fred last season. But we’re talking about a coach (Jauron) who was trying desperately to find a scape goat for his crappy team. He cut his starting Left Tackle right before the season started, fired his Offensive Coordinator in training camp, benched the Punt Returner (Roscoe Parrish….who was statistically one of the best returners ever), benched his starting Strong Safety (Whitner), benched his starting QB (Edwards), and benched his starting QB (Lynch).
    Lynch is younger, faster and stronger than Jackson. IF he stays out of trouble (note the capital IF), he should easily pass Fred Jackson on the depth chart.”
    you are an idiot…they didn’t cut Peters they traded him for a 1st or a 2nd, Roscoe/Edwards both should have been benched.. I dont care how good of a punt returner you are, you gotta hold on to the ball and not fumble 50% of the time and/or when the game is on the line (MNF against the PATS). Im not sure when Whitner was benched??? and last time I checked “and benched his starting QB (Lynch)” Lynch is not a QB. Please stop posting on this site..

  25. Thatdude23 says: Apr 27, 2010 12:46 PM

    It’s great having 3 good RB’s here in buffalo but in the world is our starting QB and r O line come on nix’s draft what we need not who u like dummy

  26. NationalFelonLeague.com © says: Apr 27, 2010 12:57 PM

    Couple teams showed interest in Adalius Thomas too.
    Interest doesn’t mean anything more than a phone call at least.

  27. pray4thebills says: Apr 27, 2010 1:09 PM

    there was no way they were filling all their holes in one draft, so they took the best player available and developed a key strength- their RB’s. You know, something for the other team to have to worry about. If they have a great running game, this can open up the passing game.
    As for not adressing the O’line, I think they are expecting bell to develop into a serviceable, or maybe even a good LT. Minus a few key injuries, their O’line was not their most glaring weekness last year.
    As for QB, Trent is no all star but with some confidence, which he’ll hopefully with an offensive guru leading the way and an o’line that isnt so beat up, he can be serviceable as well.
    They also did a decent job of addressing the d’line, which has been a huge weakness for years. Hopefully a bolstered d’line will not leave their undersized MLB (poz) so exposed and he’ll be able to use his playmaking ability.
    As for WR, i’m sure they’re expecting at least something out of Hardy and Spiller to run deep routes like he did at clemson. I also believe WR’s are maining a product of good offensive scheming so this was not a need they needed to address in the draft.
    Overall, I am excited for the season mainly because they drafted a guy who will more than likely make some plays….
    until he gets struck by the buffalo curse and either blows out his knee during camp or gets arrested for music piracy or something ridiculous.

  28. bills34 says: Apr 27, 2010 1:27 PM

    “there was no way they were filling all their holes in one draft, so they took the best player available and developed a key strength- their RB’s. You know, something for the other team to have to worry about. If they have a great running game, this can open up the passing game.”
    great point/post

  29. Beastie Bills says: Apr 27, 2010 2:40 PM

    @bills34
    “you are an idiot…they didn’t cut Peters they traded him for a 1st or a 2nd,”
    Does the name Langston Walker ring any bells?
    “Roscoe/Edwards both should have been benched.. I dont care how good of a punt returner you are, you gotta hold on to the ball and not fumble 50% of the time and/or when the game is on the line (MNF against the PATS). ”
    Yeah, too bad that was Leodis McKelvin, not Roscoe Parrish.
    Ladies and gentlemen, I give you your idiot.

  30. crabman82 says: Apr 27, 2010 3:40 PM

    isnt karl malones kid the bills LT

  31. whybuffalowhy says: Apr 27, 2010 8:33 PM

    Thanks pray4thebills. I agree with your post. It’s obvious that the Bills (Nix, Gailey) don’t believe that there’s a quick fix to the problems with the team. Nix has said over and over that they plan on building this team through the draft. That doesn’t mean in one year. Frankly, I find it refreshing that they realize there’s more problems that can be addressed in one draft and more wounds than can be patched up with one Band-Aid. I’m not expecting the Bills to win this year although I think they’ll compete more.

  32. flipside715 says: Apr 28, 2010 10:28 AM

    uhhh gregg? i dont think this guy had enough seasons under his belt to be called a veteran. Why should he be cut? He’s still young, cheap, and productive. Drafting C.J. Spiller doesn’t mean anything. Almost every team runs a RB by committee

  33. bills34 says: Apr 28, 2010 10:39 AM

    @ Beastie Bills
    yeah my mistake… on the Parrish comment… i think i drink too much during the games. Go bills lol

  34. BillsFan20 says: Apr 28, 2010 1:30 PM

    I don’t understand why everyone is tripping over drafting C.J. Spiller? C.J. Spiller is a change of pace back that will put up outstanding numbers in Gailey’s offense. Lynch and Jackson are hard runners up the middle and occasionally bump it outside with the speed they have. But Spiller is a sweeping, off tackle type of back that is going to be an awesome addition to the Bills offensive attack. All these haters on Spiller are going to shut up when he runs for 1,000 yards and receives for 500. Don’t be surprised if Spiller is the starter halfway through the season.
    As for the O-Line if we sign Adams or Gaithers we are going to run the ball down everyone throats. We do not have a quarterback so why not run the ball control the clock and every now and then hit Lee Evans on a play action pass for big yards?
    Lets Go Bills fans this year is not going to be as bad as you think. The Defense is going to be solid! Mark my words!

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