Before his rookie season Bills RB Marshawn Lynch signed his name to a five-year contract worth a reported $19 million, and he intends to honor it, despite having experienced unhappiness playing for the Bills.
After requesting a trade in April, Lynch thought he might be moved during the NFL draft. According to a league source, the Seattle Seahawks and Houston Texans made overtures but didn’t offer more than a third-round pick, and Buffalo wouldn’t bite.
The selection of RB C.J. Spiller seems to leave Lynch third on new coach Chan Gailey’s depth chart, but the 5-foot-11, 215-pound former Cal star insists he doesn’t view it that way. Spiller, an undersized breakaway threat, isn’t likely to be deployed as a traditional, every-down halfback. RB Fred Jackson, a fourth-year player who gained 1,062 yards in ’09, may not be a clear-cut choice to assume that role under the new regime. As one person familiar with the organization’s thinking said recently, “Chan is cooking up creative ways to use all three.”
Said Lynch: “I never feel like a ‘3.’ I’m always going to be a ‘1’ in my mind, regardless of how the situation plays out. I feel great going back. If I would have gotten traded, it would have been something different … but that’s not the case. It’s not about ‘what ifs.’ I’ve got to be realistic.”
It looks like all three backs will be used in different ways, however that's never a good fantasy situation. Chances are all three will be limited in value and low on your roster and only can be used in certain matchups. Hopefully the situation is a little more clear by August draft time.