With the legal troubles that Buffalo's star running back has gotten himself into, many of us have begun to look at some veteran options assuming the worst. First I want to say two things:
1 - Even if Lynch is found guilty of hit and run, I don't think he will spend a single day in jail. Any time he misses will be due to a punishment handed down by Roger Goodell.
2 - Unless Lynch gets handed a suspension of 8 games or more, I wouldn't even consider bringing in anybody new (or old for that matter).
Lets just say for a moment that Lynch does draw a year long ban. The question now becomes: Do the Bills bring in a vet or do they stick with the younger guys they currently have on the current roster? Looking at the Veterans out there, I can't really say that I would get very excited about any of them. I looked at them all and tried to find one that I could cozy up to the idea of them in a Bills uni, but failed. I could definetly see the desire to bring in a more experienced runner, but right now I would be tempted to stick with the young guys.
Names like Kevin Jones, Travis Henry, Ron Dayne, and Lamont Jordan make me cringe. I still like Travis but he has serious issues both on and off the field, is injury prone, and 1 drug violation away from a year long ban himself. If Kevin Jones was completely healthy I think the Lions would have held onto him. Ron Dayne..um...NO. Jordan is still Raiders property, which means that to acquire him you would have to strike a deal with Crazy Al. I think the Jordan could be the best option, as I think that his career drop-off happened when he went to the Raiders. I saw him play many games as a member of the Jets. Getting out of Oakland could really help him out.
If the Bills stick with the young guys on the roster, (which might just be the best way to go) that means that either Dwayne Wright or X-Mon is going to have to step up and prove that he can (a) run and catch, (b) pick up the blitz, (c) handle 10-15 touches a game. I think I actually wrote here at one point that X-Mon was the one pick in the draft by the Bills that made the least sense to me, now it seems like a smart move.
What is your preference, assuming the Marshawn is suspended for the year?