Marshawn Lynch hasn’t reported to voluntary organized team activities with the Bills. No-nonsense coach Chan Gailey doesn’t sound too pleased about it.
Gailey met with reporters Wednesday and was asked whether he had spoken to Lynch or expected him in for the current three-day set of voluntary practices.
Gailey’s response: “No.”
When asked which part of the question he was answering, Gailey made it simple: “Both questions,” he said.
And that’s all there was to it. Having just watched the video that came across the NFL newsroom, it doesn’t appear to be Gailey’s favorite topic of conversation. Judging by the three words on the topic, there also doesn’t appear to be a great deal of concern, either. The exchange follows up multiple reports this week that Lynch would show up for workouts.
Lynch told Comcast Sports Network in San Francisco early last week that he planned on returning to the Bills late in the week, and he said general manager Buddy Nix told him he wouldn’t be traded. So far, neither of those things have happened, and I’m told by NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi that there is no interest in Lynch from teams around the league. Allen Wilson of The Buffalo News suggests that the Bills, who were reportedly explored trading Lynch before the draft, killed a deal with the Seahawks by demanding a second-round pick in return.
By promoting Fred Jackson and drafting C.J. Spiller, the new regime in Buffalo has made its intentions clear. But for now, we’re left to take Nix at his word (via Lynch) that the Bills plan to stay the course.