As coach Pete Carroll acknowledged Tuesday, the Seahawks had been working on a deal to acquire Marshawn Lynch “for a long time.” Talk of the Bills moving Lynch had persisted since the draft, and they finally relented Tuesday by sending the running back to the Seahawks in exchange for a 2011 fourth-round draft pick and another undisclosed selection.
How much can Lynch help the Seahawks? I put in a call to NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger for a quick scouting report.
“Lynch has great quickness, good vision and unbelievable lateral mobility the way he can come to a two-foot stop, cut and then move. He really has it all — vision, quickness and explosion. He’s a very talented back, and there’s a reason he was a first-round draft pick. He demonstrates all those skills.
“Lynch has played behind a decimated offensive line the last several seasons in Buffalo and has also been injured. The one thing he needs is stability. Having recruited him at USC and then defended against him at Cal, Carroll knows Lynch as well as anyone. I’m sure Carroll, who has a great eye for running backs, remembers the lateral quickness and one-step explosion. It’s a fantastic chance to upgrade the roster with talent. The Seahawks need to stabilize their offense line, but Carroll wants to run the ball. Lynch is the best option and will play right away. He could be a difference-maker in a wide open NFC West.”
Lynch, still just 24, gives the Seahawks the physical back they’ve coveted. Carroll declined to anoint Lynch the starter over Justin Forsett but told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer he is “bringing him in to play a bunch” and “counting on him coming to help us now.” Not a lot of innuendo there. Pretty straight forward.
Although, as Baldinger mentions, it might not matter who is running for the Seahawks until rookie LT Russell Okung returns and the offensive line situation is stabilized.
– Frank Tadych
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