The Bills are still claiming that they’re not looking to deal former Cal running back Marshawn Lynch. Nobody else is buying it and neither am I. And I hope I shouldn’t be buying it either – because if its true and Lynch is not going to be traded before the start of the season – the C.J. Spiller pick was even dumber than I first imagined.
Look, most people would contend that taking Spiller with the team’s first overall pick was a bit of a “luxury” move. By that, they mean that the team passed on needs at some crucial positions (i.e. quarterback, left-tackle, nose-tackle, etc.) for a player in a position they were already relatively deep in.
I wouldn’t have taken Spiller either (just check out the mock draft we participated in), but I refuse to believe that the front office didn’t think that Spiller could help them. The only teams that can really take a “luxury” pick in the first round are from towns like Indianapolis and New England.
To me, the logic screams that of a cognizant decision going into the draft knowing that they would take the best athlete on the board and, if it happened to mean taking someone where the Bills were deep (again, probably only true of the RB position) making a trade to fill other needs.
There is no conceivable way that the Bills can honestly think that a three running back offense with C.J. Spiller, Marshawn Lynch, and Fred Jackson is more valuable than trading Lynch for a player that can fill a need today. It just doesn’t make sense. Now the Bills were operating a mac-’n-cheese offense I would definitely say the more varieties the better. But they’re not. I don’t think. Frankly, I’m not sure. I don’t know what a mac-’n'-cheese offense is, but it sounds kinda good.
For me trading Lynch is a no-brainier. We can play the shoulda-coulda-woulda game all day, but the fact of the matter is we took Spiller and now we need to avoid a big locker-room playtime issue. Oh, by the way, Lynch’s continued issues with the law probably aren’t going to help his case with the franchise. Unfortunately, it won’t help our case with a trade either.