Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com reports that Marshawn Lynch, long the subject of trade rumors, has finally been shipped out of Buffalo. The Eagles and Packers were rumored suitors, but Lynch will run in Seattle. Seattle was the rumored destination for Lynch following Week 3 action, but the asking price was reportedly too high.
There had been rumblings of the Packers bringing him onboard to shore up what has been a drag on the NFC title hopes following Ryan Grant’s injury. The Eagles entered the fray (and the rumor mill) following LeSean McCoy’s rib injury against the Redskins.
Instead, the Seahawks will look to bolster a 27th-ranked running attack. Lynch has the Bye week to acclimate himself to the offense and get ready for Week 6 action against the Bears. Lynch, who topped 60 rushing yards in back-to-back weeks before getting shut down for eight yards on four carries in Week 4, will likely become the primary ball carrier. He’s a two-time 1,000-yard rusher who offers a bruising complement to Justin Forsett’s speed and pass-catching ability.
Lynch’s departure affords Fred Jackson another opportunity to shine, although it’s hard to get excited about a backfield that was out-rushed by a nearly 2-to-1 margin by their quarterback in Week 4. We’ll also get to see more of electric rookie C.J. Spiller in the coming weeks.
The board has changed. What does Green Bay do now?