This isn’t directly Rams-related news, but I think it could be a major storyline for the NFC West. The Seattle Seahawks traded a fourth-round pick in 2011 and a conditional pick in 2012 to the Buffalo Bills in return for running back Marshawn Lynch. First, let me just say that I think the Hawks got a steal here. I doubt that the Rams were in on Lynch at all, but they really should have considered it for that price. As it is, it looks like Lynch will be the featured back in Seattle, and I think he is a serious upgrade over what they had there. Justin Forsett is a decent back, but I’m not sure he is good enough to be a featured kind of guy. Lynch has carried the load in the past, and he should be more than comfortable doing it again.
So what does this mean for the Rams? I don’t know if one player is enough to completely turn around a team, but I do think the Hawks will be better with Lynch on the team. If he can pound the ball consistently between the tackles, that should open up the passing game a bit. I’m not convinced that the Hawks have a ton of talent at the receiver position, but they are professionals and their offense just got better.
The worst part of this deal is that someone in our division just improved their team. I think we all know at this point that the West is wide open, and bringing in a player like Lynch might be enough to put Seattle over the hump. I’m not saying he is an outstanding player, but he will make a difference. Let’s just hope that it’s not too much of a difference.