Marshawn Lynch’s tenuous status in Buffalo got even more verification as it is now believed the Bills will push to make a deal for the 24-year-old before the Oct. 19 trade deadline.
Mike Lombardi, a former NFL GM, said on NFL Network that he thinks the Bills will eventually “pull the pin” on a deal for Lynch. Lombardi, who has a good track record for analyzing these situations, added Buffalo wants a draft pick in return, but would settle as low as a conditional 4th round pick.
The Green Bay Packers remains the leading candidate in the Lynch sweepstakes, but any team that loses a running back between now and the deadline will surely enter the mix.
On Monday night, an NFL source told ESPN Milwaukee’s Jason Wilde that the Bills, who had rebuffed not only the Packers’ advances but any team’s inquiries about the availability of the 2007 first-round draft pick, have put out word that they will at least start considering a possible trade for Lynch. The same source confirmed that the team had indeed contacted the Bills about Lynch, even before he ran 17 times for 64 yards against the Packers in Week 2.
Lynch, meanwhile, led Buffalo in carries and rushing yards for the second straight week in a 38-30 loss to New England last Sunday. He finished the game with 13 carries for 78 yards. However, rookie C.J. Spiller has started to find his feet, returning a kickoff 95 yards and averaging 7.3 yards-per-rush on Sunday, making Lynch suddenly more expendable.