Bills appear likely to keep running back Marshawn Lynch

In an offseason that has been filled with change, and the changes that are still to come, there doesn’t seem to be any likelihood that the Buffalo Bills backfield duo is going to change in 2010.

According to an article appearing on, Bills head coach Chan Gailey has given no indication the team intents to part ways with former first round pick Marshawn Lynch.  Rather, it very much sounds as if Lynch is staying put and will be a focial point for the offense along with fellow backfield running mate Fred Jackson.  Here’s some of Gailey’s thoughts regarding Lynch in the article by Aaron Wilson:

“Marshawn is an excellent football player,” Gailey said today at the NFL scouting combine. “The guy’s extremely talented, can catch the ball, can run it. He can run with power. He can get around the edge. He’s a very good football player. I hope we’re able to take him and use him.

“I’m not so sure that today it doesn’t take two quality guys to get you through a season,” Gailey said.  “We’re finding that more and more and more in our league. The players are getting so much bigger and stronger and faster that the collisions are bigger every year. It takes you a couple guys to be able to get you through a year.”

There were rumors earlier this month regarding a possible deal between the Bills and the San Diego Chargers involving Lynch and Chargers corner Antonio Cromartie.  Given Lynch’s colorful and alarming off-the-field history, along with the Bills’ new regime takeover, Lynch returning to Buffalo seemed very much in question.  But the latest comments from Gailey seem to suggest the Bills have every intention of hanging on to Lynch.

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