On this date in 2010, the Bills and Seahawks pulled off a blockbuster midseason trade. For the price of a 2011 fourth-round pick and a conditional 2012 draft pick, the Bills said farewell to Marshawn Lynch.
Lynch’s tenure in Buffalo altered between jaw-dropping and headache-inducing for the front office. The running back topped 1,000 yards in each of his first two NFL seasons and earned his first career Pro Bowl nod in 2008. Meanwhile, his off-the-field trouble was cause for concern. In the summer of 2008, Lynch admitted to striking a female pedestrian with his car and leaving the scene. In the following spring, Los Angeles cops found a semiautomatic handgun in his vehicle.
The former first-round pick seemed to be back on track early in the 2010 season, having just wrestled the starting job back from Fred Jackson. Still, the phone lines were open in Buffalo, and Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll pounced on the opportunity to add him to the backfield.
“We’re going to bring him in to play a lot,” Carroll said. “We’ll wait and see when we get him here, but we’re bringing him in here to play a bunch.”
The trade worked out incredibly well for the Seahawks, as Lynch took his game to a new level in Seattle and became the engine of the offense for their Super Bowl winning team. He went to four Pro Bowls with the Seahawks and was twice named an All-Pro
Lynch announced his retirement after the 2015 season, but returned after one year. The Seahawks traded him to the Raiders, where Lynch averaged 4.3 yards per carry for his hometown team. He circled back to Seattle in late 2019, scoring four touchdowns across one regular season game and two playoff contests. Lynch, 35, is probably retired for good, though he did discuss a deal with the Buccaneers earlier this year.
4 comments on “This Date In Transactions History: Bills Trade Marshawn Lynch To Seahawks”
I’m only here so I don’t get fined.
That run against the Saints w/ the grab is priceless. Seattle not giving him the ball at the 1inch line w/ SB on the line, is unforgettable.
First off Seattle won that trade. Hands down.
Second Seattle won that trade.
Last it is sad people don’t understand Seattle was going to have to throw once at least. They had no TOs so do you run it that down or next? The worst part of the play was execution. Wilson threw an awful ball. High and in front instead of low and into the WR. If he throws the ball waist high and into the body D could not get to it. Play has to be executed correctly or that happens. Another part was BM was open for a fade and Wilson should have seen that presnap. This all comes down to what broke up the LOB. Carroll wanted Wilson to win MVP. In that way I agree it was a bad call. Mostly just bad execution.
Well put, the Hawks had to throw in that spot. Two players made an excellent play, unfortunately the were Patriots. I tell people all the time that throwing was the right thing to do.