The Buffalo Bills have been steadfast in their stance regarding Marshawn Lynch.
He’s not on the trading block, the team insisted.
“I’ve said time and time again, he’s ours, he’s here and we’d like for him to be here,” Bills general manger Buddy Nix insisted in a press conference last month.
However, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle is now reporting that Lynch’s days with the team seem to be numbered. The basis for that presumption is the addition of running back Chad Simpson, who could make the team as a return specialist.
I’m not sure the addition of Simpson is enough to warrant trade rumors, but it’s hard for me to believe Lynch isn’t available at the right price. With Fred Jackson and rookie C.J. Spiller on the depth chart, the Bills could deal Lynch for future draft picks or to fill one of the many holes on their current roster.
Such a move would also be a godsend for the value of Jackson and Spiller.
Instead of the headache of a potential three-headed monster, fantasy leaguers would instead have to deal with a backfield duo. Jackson would see the early-down work, while Spiller is used as a complement, in the slot in passing sets and as a potential return man on special teams.
In that scenario, Jackson and Spiller would be far more reliable options and much more worthy of RB2/flex starter status.
With several months between now and the regular-season opener, there’s plenty of time for the Bills to deal Lynch. Fantasy enthusiasts should hope that’s exactly what happens.