Bills to keep Marshawn Lynch now?

Buffalo Bills' running back Marshawn Lynch runs for a 12-yard gain against Washington Redskins' safety Kareem Moore during the first quarter at FedEx Field in Washington on August 13, 2010.  UPI/Kevin Dietsch Photo via Newscom

Either the Bills are playing a serious game of cat-and-mouse with other teams or they truly intend to keep three starting running backs on their roster this season.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Bills are planning on keeping Marshawn Lynch past the NFL’s October 19 trade deadline. According to Schefter, the Bills contemplated trading the former first round pick last week but ultimately decided to hold off.

Of course, this could just be GM Buddy Nix’s way of using the media as a tool to increase Lynch’s trade value. If it’s documented that the Bills plan on keeping Lynch, that may entice other teams to get more aggressive in their pursuit of him. Or again, Nix just really enjoys the company of Lynch, Fred Jackson and rookie C.J. Spiller.

Given the way they played on Sunday against the Jets, it would behoove Nix to hang onto Lynch until he can get top value for him. A fourth or a fifth rounder next year isn’t going to help a team so desperately thin on talent. Maybe if Nix holds out long enough, he can trade Lynch for a third rounder next offseason, which could turn out to be a starter down the road. But he’s not going to get a third rounder right now, especially not after the Broncos acquired Laurence Maroney for a fourth.

The Bills may just have to be patient here.

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Bills’ head coach Chan Gailey doesn’t know where Marshawn Lynch is


Bills head coach Chan Gailey was asked about RB Marshawn Lynch and when or if he might practice when he appeared on the Shredd and Ragan show on 103.3 the Edge.

“I don’t know,” said Gailey. “I have not talked to Marshawn. You’ll probably have to ask him. Somebody told me he was in town for a couple of days and then I heard he left town. So I don’t know. You’d have to ask him about that.”

Bills’ safety Donte Whitner doesn’t know where Lynch is either:

“I don’t know when to expect to see him,” Whitner said in regards to participating on the practice field. “I saw him two days ago. Other than that I really haven’t seen him.”

There’s speculation that Lynch went back home to California, but nobody knows why exactly. Considering the team has, at the very least, discussed trading him at various points during the offseason, chances are he’s disgruntled about his role with the Bills.

With Fred Jackson and rookie CJ Spiller already on board, Lynch is expendable in Buffalo. The problem is that the Bills seemingly can’t find any takers for the former first rounder. Seattle has been mentioned as a possible landing spot for Lynch and maybe speculation will continue to grow now that the Hawks have dumped LenDale White. Either way, it doesn’t appear that Lynch is long for Buffalo.

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Report: Bills’ Marshawn Lynch suspended three games

According to ESPN’s Michael Smith, Bills’ running back Marshawn Lynch has been suspended three games by the NFL for violating the league’s conduct policy.

Marshawn LynchLynch was arrested near Los Angeles Feb. 11 and later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge. In searching a parked car carrying Lynch, Culver City police found a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun inside a backpack in the trunk.

Prosecutors said the backpack contained other items belonging to Lynch. Police said they also found four marijuana cigarettes in the car, but no drug charges were filed.

After pleading guilty to having a concealed firearm in a vehicle, Lynch was sentenced last month to 80 hours of community service and three years’ probation. The Bills’ 2007 first-round draft pick also issued an apology.

It was Lynch’s second brush with the law in less than a year. Last June, Lynch pleaded guilty to a traffic violation and admitted driving off after striking a female pedestrian with his car near Buffalo’s downtown bar district May 31.

I don’t want to hear any Bills fans crying foul over this because Lynch hit a woman with his car in May of last year and just freaking left her there. He got a slap on the wrist ($100 fine, plus had his driver’s license and car registration revoked) and nothing else.

He deserves the three game suspension.

Marshawn Lynch to be suspended 1-2 games is reporting that Bills’ running back Marshawn Lynch is expected to be suspended one to two games next season.

Marshawn LynchLynch earlier this month pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge stemming from a Feb. 11 arrest in Culver City, Calif. According to the police report, Lynch was one of three men seated in a parked Mercedes Benz when he was questioned.

At the time, he was charged with possession of a concealed firearm. But the felony gun charge later was reduced to three misdemeanors — with two of them dropped. Lynch was sentenced to three years of probation and 80 hours of community service.

He also agreed to submit to police searches at any time.

Now that he’s a Bill, maybe T.O. could help this kid get his life on track…

…wait, what happened? I blacked out for a second.

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