Seahawks coach Pete Carroll didn’t acquire Marshawn Lynch to slowly work him into the mix.
Lynch will “play a lot” and “contribute immediately” according to Carroll. The Seahawks coach will pair him with Justin Forsett, a former Cal teammate of Lynch’s. Forsett and Lynch remain close, as Lynch was at Forsett’s wedding this offseason.
“He’s exciting to watch and will bring a lot to this team,” Forsett said.
A few other notes on the move:
1. Adam Schefter reports that the second pick involved in the trade was a sixth rounder in 2012 that can go to a 5th based on Lynch’s productivity. The Bills also got a fourth-round pick in the ’11 draft.
2. The Seahawks are now without a third and fourth-round pick in next year’s draft. (They gave up a third in the Charlie Whitehurst trade.) Lynch is only 24 years old, but he’s only signed through 2011. FOXSports.com’s Adam Caplan reports that Lynch’s rookie contract will void after ’11.
3. Carroll has talked about getting Leon Washington more involved, but he only had three touches against the Rams. It looks like Washington will focus on returns on the occasional third downs.
4. If Seattle can’t fix their offensive line, it won’t matter who is at running back. The Seahawks rank 28th in total offense and 27th in rushing yards-per-game through four weeks.