There were rumors as far back as the offseason that the Packers could trade for Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch. Nothing substantial, mostly–if not entirely–fan speculation.
Once Ryan Grant went down for the season after suffering ligament damage and a fracture to his ankle, the speculation intensified.
It began with an article from Yahoo Sports’ Michael Silver–a University of California alum–who said it made sense to reunite former Cal teammates Lynch and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers:
For all of his off-the-field issues and feelings of displacement in Buffalo, the Oakland native might be a great fit in Green Bay. He’s a team-oriented player who played at Cal with Aaron Rodgers, the most important player in the Packers’ post-Favre universe, and who immensely enjoyed his predraft visit to Titletown in 2007, where by all indications he made a positive impression.
Then came an interview conducted by Greg Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel with Rodgers who seemed very open to the possibility of adding Lynch to the team:
“He’s a great player,” Rodgers said of Lynch. “And any character issues the team might see, I think in a situation like that, and I think you’ve seen that with other players across the league, when you give a guy a change of scenery and a guy like that who feels he might have something to prove, and surround him with two guys, (Desmond) Bishop and myself who played with him…I think that can only help him feel comfortable and see a lot of production.”
Further fueling the fire was an interview by the Green Bay Press-Gazette’s Rob Demovsky with Hawk’s agent, Mike McCartney, basically saying his client would be open to a trade if it meant he got more playing time:
“A.J. is a pro’s pro and wants to do his part to help the team win, and his first priority is to be the best Packer he can,” McCartney said when reached by phone on Wednesday. “But if some team called and wanted him to play on all three downs, I think he’d be excited about that.”
And yet, all the conjecture could be for naught. Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network says the Bills are telling teams that Lynch is not available.
So what will be the final verdict? Given the Bills and the Packers are playing each other this weekend, more than likely nothing would happen until after the game even if it was a possibility.
Now it’s just a game of wait and see.