INDIANAPOLIS — First-year Bills head coach Chan Gailey met with the media Thursday morning at the NFL Scouting Combine, and not long into his interview session he addressed a couple of key, but controversial, offensive weapons — RB Marshawn Lynch and WR Terrell Owens.
Lynch, who has had some legal troubles in recent years and was suspended to start the 2009 season, played second fiddle to Fred Jackson last year. Jackson, a former undrafted free agent out of Coe College, rushed for 1,062 yards in '09, compared to 450 yards for Lynch, a former first-round draft pick.
Given Gailey's desire to employ high-character players, there have been rumblings that Lynch could be shopped around on the trade market. Gailey dodged the question, not addressing whether Lynch could be traded, instead choosing to praise the player and talk about what he hopes the running back can offer the team in 2010.
"Marshawn is an excellent football player," Gailey said. "The guy made All-Pro a couple of years ago, I think. The guy's extremely talented. He can catch the ball. He can run it. He can run with power. He can get on the edge. He's a very good football player. I hope we're able to take him and use him, and we're fortunate to have a couple of guys who are good football players at that position, and we need to build on that. And I'm not so sure that today it doesn't take two quality guys to get you through a season. I think we're finding that more and more and more in our league. Players are getting so much bigger and faster and stronger that collisions are bigger every year and it takes a couple of guys."
As for Owens, who is slated to hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent, Gailey didn't offer any insight into whether he would be back, although conventional wisdom suggests that T.O. won't be suiting up for the Bills in ’10.
"I have not talked to T.O. yet," Gailey said. "We haven't had conversations. Just like all of our guys, we're still sitting there trying to decide exactly the best direction for everyone, as to how we're going to approach each one of them."
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