Bills trade RB Lynch to Seahawks

Posted Oct. 05, 2010 @ 2:45 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Updated Oct. 5, 2010 @ 5:34 p.m. ET

After months of attempting to make a deal, the Seahawks have finally acquired RB Marshawn Lynch from the Bills.

Seattle will send a 2011 fourth-round choice and a conditional choice in 2012 to Buffalo for Lynch, according to Fox Sports reporter Jay Glazer. Lynch's agent, Doug Hendrickson, confirmed the trade but not the details of the compensation the Bills will receive.

The Seahawks had hoped to deal for Lynch prior to the 2010 draft, but the Bills were unwilling to part with one of their top players.

In 2010, Lynch has been the Bills' featured back in several games, despite the presence of 2009 1,000-yard rusher Fred Jackson and first-round pick C.J. Spiller, perhaps in part because Buffalo wanted to boost his trade value. The 2007 first-round draft pick brings his career 61 yards per game to Seattle, who rank 27th in the NFL with only 79.5 yards per game on the ground.

"Marshawn has worked hard and played hard for us this season and we certainly appreciate his efforts," Bills general manager Buddy Nix said in a statement released by the team. "We are constantly evaluating our personnel and feel that this is a good move for our team's future."

To make room for Lynch, the Seahawks released veteran RB Julius Jones and OG Evan Dietrich-Smith.

Jones has been a disappointment since reaching 1,000 yards with the Cowboys in 2006. He had just 30 yards on 12 carries this season after losing the starting job to Justin Forsett. He started all 14 games he played in 2009 for the Seahawks, rushing for 663 yards.

The way we see it

For the Seahawks, the deal brings them a true No. 1 back who can excel in their zone-blocking attack. Lynch is a physical runner who can break off long runs, something incumbent Justin Forsett has not shown the ability to do. Forsett has two runs of 20-plus yards in four games, with a long gain of 32. (Interestingly, Forsett was Lynch's backup in 2006 when both players were at the University of California.)

The Bills had been looking to deal Lynch for a while, after having invested in Jackson and Spiller. He has had some trouble with the law and hadn't fit in well in Buffalo, but the Bills were hoping to get more than a fourth-round choice and a conditional pick for him.