Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

05 Oct 2010

Seahawks Trade for Marshawn Lynch

Beast Mode is now on the way to Seattle, after the Seahawks parted with a fourth-round pick in 2011 and a conditional pick in 2012 for former Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch. Seattle's interest had been well-known for a while, and Lynch will now reunite with Justin Forsett, his old buddy from his Cal days. Seattle will reportedly release Julius Jones to make room for Lynch.

In other news (and adding Brandon Mebane to the equation), the Seahawks are now officially Mike Silver's favorite team.

Posted by: Doug Farrar on 05 Oct 2010

33 comments, Last at 08 Oct 2010, 8:37am by roguerouge


by Umm.. (not verified) :: Tue, 10/05/2010 - 3:15pm

The Favre fans who hate Ted Thompson are crucifying him for not being the team to do this. /sigh

by JoeHova :: Tue, 10/05/2010 - 3:47pm

It's lame that so many Thompson defenders try to characterize his critics as Favre fans. What does Favre have to do with Thompson's inability or unwillingness to fix the special teams, for example?

by Kal :: Tue, 10/05/2010 - 3:18pm

Awesome. Another good RB to fail behind their completely horrible OLine.

by billsfan :: Tue, 10/05/2010 - 3:51pm

What did you think he's been doing in Buffalo all that time?

(I also like the Eagles)

by DavidL :: Tue, 10/05/2010 - 6:56pm

Failing behind a completely different and yet still horrible o-line.

by Danish Denver-Fan :: Tue, 10/05/2010 - 3:19pm

Seems a bit expensive.

Is Julius Jones completely worthless? The Packers need bodies at RB.

by Kevin from Seattle (not verified) :: Wed, 10/06/2010 - 1:00pm


by alexbond :: Tue, 10/05/2010 - 3:19pm

And the inevitable Lynch-leaves-Bills finally happens. Is there a single person who hadn't been predicted a Lynch trade since the moment Spiller got drafted, if not before?

by Phyrre563 (not verified) :: Tue, 10/05/2010 - 3:29pm

So...no interest in keeping TJ Housh, but willing to trade picks for a RB when they already have 2+? (Julius Jones is not good, but he's decent as a RB3.) What a difference two wins make.

by n8 (not verified) :: Tue, 10/05/2010 - 3:34pm

TT - nice move, now the Pack can pick up Julius Jones for nothing. Gotta stay under that salary cap this year...

by ChaosOnion (not verified) :: Tue, 10/05/2010 - 3:43pm

I assume this means Owen Schmitt will be getting some carries this weekend.

by big_jgke :: Tue, 10/05/2010 - 4:15pm


by Doug Farrar :: Tue, 10/05/2010 - 4:20pm

In Philly, maybe.

by >implying implications (not verified) :: Tue, 10/05/2010 - 4:44pm

Too bad for Philly, they were also interested in Lynch now that McCoy is injured.

by Adam B. :: Tue, 10/05/2010 - 4:34pm

My FFL money keeper team entered the draft with Ryan Grant, LeSean McCoy, Jerome Harrison and Justin Forsett, and we added Ryan Mathews with the second pick in the draft. We start 2 RB/week, so I figured I was set with a number of solid options coupled with intriguing risks, and at least two of them would be startable weekly.

Oh, my, was I wrong.

by JoeHova :: Tue, 10/05/2010 - 6:01pm

This is fascinating. I think I speak for everyone when I say that I hope you will expound on your fantasy team at some length.

by dbostedo :: Tue, 10/05/2010 - 6:12pm


by Adam B. :: Tue, 10/05/2010 - 6:41pm

Yes, I know, there's nothing more boring in the world than Someone Else's Fantasy Team. My apologies, and +5 to you, sir.

by JoeHova :: Wed, 10/06/2010 - 4:13am

Don't worry about it. I saw the opening and I took it. I guess it was a little mean, so sorry about that.

by William Lloyd Garrision III (not verified) :: Thu, 10/07/2010 - 11:17am

That made me laugh, and for that sir, I thank you.

by roguerouge :: Fri, 10/08/2010 - 8:37am

Actually, I do find it interesting. Don't listen to that jerk.

by commissionerleaf :: Tue, 10/05/2010 - 6:25pm

So, the Bills have traded an every-down back who has proven ability in the NFL but who underperformed behind their woeful offensive line, and a high first round pick in 2010 for a 2011 fourth round pick, a 2012 pick, and a third down back who can return kicks.

Great deal.

by Theo :: Tue, 10/05/2010 - 7:08pm

This was their only good healthy player, right?
So the bills suck they have a good runningback who can't do anything on a bad team with a bad oline so they draft someone they don't need (CJ spiller) and then they trade their RB...
I'd like to smoke something he has.

by the K (not verified) :: Tue, 10/05/2010 - 7:33pm

I'm so sick of being a Bills fan.

Literally, it makes me sick.

by lechrus2@yahoo com :: Tue, 10/05/2010 - 8:04pm

Actually, Buffalo's O=line, from a rushing standpoint is not so bad, about league average, and better than Seattle's. Passing is a different story but Cutler would be glad to have either.

Buffalo fan should be happy. CJ is a good back, their future, behind a competent enough O-line for rushing and bound to get better with the addition of fresh draft choices.

Surprised Seattle made this move since Forsett seemed to be a good running back, one with potential.

by Theo :: Tue, 10/05/2010 - 8:14pm

No CJ will never be the future if they have no QB, no receivers, no oline and no defense.
They are the rams, but worse.

by Carlos :: Tue, 10/05/2010 - 11:14pm

They are the rams, but worse.

You mean the Rams that are leading their division. The ones who seem to have hit the draft jackpot in Bradford?

by BGNoMore (not verified) :: Tue, 10/05/2010 - 11:28pm

Slow down, Sparky. Leading that division is like being the most sympathetic felon; an accomplishment, of sorts, but not cause for vociferous boasting. And, while I like Mark Sanchez, it is a bit early for the anointing; let him complete a season before we dream on years 2 and 3, to say nothing of jackpotdom.

by Jeff Feagles is God (not verified) :: Wed, 10/06/2010 - 3:49am

I think you mean Sam Bradford, not Mark Sanchez?

Anyway Bradford is already better than Sanchez.

by BGNoMore (not verified) :: Wed, 10/06/2010 - 6:43pm

Yes, I meant Bradford. I'm not sure whence the Sanchez brain cramp originated. Thanks for the editorial correction, even while missing the actual point: its a bit early to make sweeping pronouncements regarding either one of them.

by BGNoMore (not verified) :: Wed, 10/06/2010 - 12:04am

Good to see Coach Carroll still recruiting California with a passion.

While the Seahawks line has certainly been diminished by injury, I am not convinced that the fully-healthy version was likely waiting to be nicknamed the Electric Company (or even Three's Company or Electric Bugaloo). For Lynch, this is akin to jumping off the Hindenburg and landing on the Titanic.

The AP story I read suggested that "the rebuilding continues in Buffalo", acknowledging the value of 3rd-round and lower picks and extended playing time for the up-and-coming Fred Jackson.

All is well on the Erie.

by Scott C :: Wed, 10/06/2010 - 11:25am

Caroll tried to recruit him at USC, but failed as Marshawn stayed local and went to Cal. Now he finally got him!

He's going to build the first NFL all-pac-10 team soon.

by alexbond :: Wed, 10/06/2010 - 9:40pm

Like Spurrier and Florida? Not a reassuring comparison.