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Talks with the Bills are reportedly intensifying

The talk of the Green Bay Packers trading for Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch isn’t quite dead yet, despite reports last week the Bills would not move him.

Late Monday, The Buffalo News reported talks for Lynch were intensifying. Lynch was the featured back in the Bills 34-7 loss to the Packers last Sunday, recording 17 carries and 64 yards. The Bills No. 1 running back, C.J. Spiller, received only one carry and their No. 2 back, Fred Jackson, got nine carries.

There was speculation the Bills were using the game to showcase Lynch for a potential trade. Interestingly, the Green Bay Packers played linebacker A.J. Hawk extensively against the Bills after he didn’t play at all in week one.

Other than his typical M.O. of taking bad angles and getting smoked by faster players, Hawk played a decent game, recording a team-high nine tackles.

The Buffalo News reports the Packers and Bills are discussing a Lynch-for-Hawk swap.

There are obstacles, however. The Bills are reportedly reluctant to trade Lynch because of Jackson’s potential for injury and their reluctance to overwork Spiller. Hawk’s $4 million salary could also prove to be a roadblock.

Then there are the general managers involved.

Packers GM Ted Thompson only likes players Ted Thompson drafted and may be content to stand by Brandon Jackson as the team’s No. 1 running back. At the very least, Jackson is likely to get a longer look as the main option in Green Bay because Thompson isn’t one to overreact.

Buffalo GM Buddy Nix rejected an offer of a third-round pick and a player for Lynch before the draft, so… he’s an idiot.

While I’d be surprised if anything materialized at all, I’d be even more surprised if something happened before Jackson gets another opportunity to prove himself.


Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. jeremy September 22, 2010

    I though you killed these trade talks McMahon : )

  2. chitter September 22, 2010

    Granted Nance didn’t get a ton of work, but I like how he’s built and he makes one cut and goes downhill. I would like to see more of him this week.

  3. Matt September 22, 2010

    and thats all we need/want. someone to make one cut and run as hard and as straight as they can w/out fumbling. it’d b nice to have a lil more talented back but Hawk is too good to get rid of. even if he does suck in pass coverage.

  4. Adam September 22, 2010

    With TT being high on “TT guys” I swear I recall Lynch being high (if not their main prospect) in the weeks leading up to the 1st round of the 2007 draft. I know most columnists had him as the Pack’s target 1st round selection until the Bills snagged him a few picks ahead. Then we ended up with the fantastic bejeweled gem, Justin Harrell.

  5. nick September 22, 2010

    Please, do not get my hopes up, however, Marshawn implied that it would be sweet to play with Rodgers again:

    “I felt it was an honor to play with Aaron in college,” Lynch said. “If that was something that would happen, I would feel it would be a blessing. Any time you put in work with someone and then get to hit the big stage with them would be unbelievable. That will be cool.

  6. Abe Frohman September 22, 2010

    IF TT is going to pull off this trade, he’ll most likely do it close to the trading deadline. That will give them an opportunity to see what Jackson and Nance can do.

    I’ve read Buffalo wants a starting lineman and a draft pick. I’d assume this means either Spitz or Lang. Of the two Lang seems to be more likely because they’re hurting for tackles, not guards.

    The good news is that TT is doing what he needs to do to improve the team. He simply has a budget and is not going to exceed it.

    1. RayV#7 September 22, 2010

      Sounds good but i wouldnt trade Lang just yet. He’s a valuable player to our team and im gonna pencil him in as our future Right Tackle. When Clifton went down, he was solid; yes he did have some bad games and allowed a couple of sacks but if Lang is gone, and Tausher goes down, whos gonna fill in? I wouldnt trade Lang for a guys whose later gonna be a back up or maybe even traded again if he doesnt contribute and after Ryan Grant comes back so if i would trade anyone, its Spitz, maybe even throwing in Giacomini and a mid draft pick. But i just hope its not Lang; or Hawk

  7. iltarion September 22, 2010

    Absolutely, I would like to see Marshawn here, but we can’t give up Lang. He is our future right tackle! In this offense, right tackle is more important than RB.