The daily discussions and rumors surrounding the future of Bills running back Marshawn Lynch predictably surfaced during the pre-draft news conference. But, Bills General Manager Buddy Nix emphatically denied ongoing rumors about a possible trade of Marshawn Lynch.
“Our intention is for Marshawn to be here,” Nix said during the draft luncheon. “He’s under contract. We think he’s a good back. We need two backs. Our intentions are for him to be here. All this trade talk, it’s not coming from us.”
Despite Lynch’s absense from voluntary workouts, Nix said that he has spoken with Lynch in recent weeks. When asked about the results of his conversations with Lynch, Nix said: “”He’s under contract. We expect him to be here. We want him to be here. Obviously it’s his decision to stay away from workouts. This is voluntary. That was the extent of it.”
Perhaps the most telling point was when Nix was asked if Lynch has asked for or demanded a trade out of Buffalo, Nix was very adament.
“He don’t make that decision”, Nix said. He’s under contract to us. We’re going to do what’s best for the Bills. We need Marshawn, and we expect him to show up when it’s mandatory.”
Now from purely a viewing standpoint of watching and listening to Nix during the conference, it seems as though Nix is intent on having Lynch remain on the roster. But even though Nix has denied any and all rumors swirling around trading Lynch, that’s not likely to end the chatter about Lynch and whether or not he’ll be dealt between now and next Thursday’s NFL Draft.
So what can we all take away from Nix’s words?
I caution you not to put all your eggs into the basket that Lynch won’t be going anywhere just because Nix is on record saying so. Remember, football is a business and the NFL Draft has become almost a larger than life three-day extravaganza. Whatever the Bills have, or don’t have, or whatever their strategies are going to be heading into the draft, it wouldn’t be a real wise move for Nix to reveal his playing hand at a draft luncheon the week before, nor should we expect him to do so.
My advice is just sit back and take Nix’s words with a grain of salt. Nothing is set in stone. Just because the Bills have now officially gone public and said they intend on keeping Lynch, doesn’t mean things can’t/won’t change. Even if Nix’s game plan is to swing a deal and trade Lynch, at this stage in the game he wouldn’t do so publicly.
The NFL Draft is one big world series of poker-style setting. While we may think or draw our own conclusions about what might happen, the cold hard truth is that we really have no clue what’s going on and what’s going to happen. The optimal strategy is not to reveal yours.
Whatever the strategy is in Buffalo, Buddy Nix has made sure no one can see his cards.