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Marshawn Lynch Wanted to Be a Packer

Marshawn Lynch

Marshawn Lynch will be remembered primarily for his exploits with the Seattle Seahawks, who acquired the big running back from the Buffalo Bills for two draft picks in 2010.

If Lynch would have had his way, he’d be remembered for his exploits with the Green Bay Packers.

The Packers were also in dire need of a running back in 2010, due to Brandon Jackson sitting atop the depth chart. There were rumors the Packers were in the running for Lynch. Of course, Ted Thompson didn’t want to better Seattle’s offer of a fourth-round pick in 2011 and a conditional pick in 2012.

As Jermichael Finley tells it, Lynch made an overture to the Packers, hoping they’d make a move for him. It came during week 2 of the 2010 season, when the Packers were playing Buffalo.

“We were running off the field — it was halftime,” Finley said. “Me and (Aaron) Rodgers were running to the locker room and Lynch came and hit us on the shoulder and was like, ‘Tell (Packers GM) Ted Thompson to come get me.’

“That’s the thing that you deal with in the NFL. Those guys who are playing with the Buffalo Bills or even the Cleveland Browns, and they want to get to a team where they can for sure win a ring. That’s why you play the game, to win a championship.”

We’re going to assume Lynch was actually talking to Rodgers, his college teammate at Cal, and Finley just happened to be in the vicinity. Besides, who are you going to make a trade overture to? The franchise or some tight end more known for running his mouth than anything else?

Yeah, anyway, it didn’t happen and we were all pretty ticked off it didn’t happen. Right up until the Packers won the Super Bowl that season, of course.

The Packers’ running woes continued for the next two seasons, when their rushing leaders were half of Ryan Grant and Alex Green. Meanwhile, Lynch ran for 2,794 yards over those two seasons in Seattle. That would be the beginning of a four-season stretch in which Lynch piled up at least 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns.

The Packers finally found their guy in 2013, when they drafted Eddie Lacy in the second round.

Would the Packers have won more than one Super Bowl if they had Beast Mode from 2010-14? You could certainly make the argument.

Ted just didn’t want to part with that third-round pick, though.

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Mordecai Jones

Mordecai is a writer living in Los Angeles. He primarily writes screenplays, but also does crap like this because GREEN BAY PACKERS, baby!

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7 Comments

  1. NachoDan March 28, 2016

    And who was that pick used on?

  2. NachoDan March 28, 2016

    It was Alex Green!

  3. Mike Ditka's Mom March 28, 2016

    Oh, here we go again. One Super Bowl ain’t good enough. Nah. The Packers would have more *if* Thompson would have just unscrewed his butthole long enough to give up a third round pick. And let’s just ignore all of this information is second hand knowledge. Anything to shit on the Packers and make Thompson look bad is just fine with Total TMZ Packers.

    Keep fuckin that chicken.

  4. icebowl March 28, 2016

    Whatever -water under the bridge –

    I’m surprised Marshawn actually spoke that …..

    Just think – had that happened they’d never have drafted Fa(s)t Eddie on the team….

  5. Kato March 29, 2016

    Hindsight is 20/20. Looking back, it was a completely idiotic move, and I am sure TT would say the same. But unfortunately, he isn’t equipped with super secret future seeing binoculars. I highly doubt that he was thinking he was going to draft Alex green with their 3rd round pick and pass on Lynch.

    I will be honest, I thought that green would turn out better. I liked the pick at the time, I thought he would be a great 3rd down back that fit their scheme well. Never an every down guy though. I think the torn acl robbed him of speed and his elusiveness. Who knows.

  6. T. Jervey March 29, 2016

    Fuck you TT. This one is unforgivable.

  7. A.Rodgers March 29, 2016

    Marshawn is a good guy.