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?
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.