ORCHARD PARK NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Marshawn Lynch #23 of the Buffalo Bills sits on the bench during the NFL season opener the Miami Dolphins at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 12 2010 in Orchard Park New York. Miami won 15-10. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
Despite repeated denials from the Buffalo Bills organization that they have any interest whatsoever in trading fourth-year running back Marshawn Lynch, rumors continue to persist that the Bills could talk to the Green Bay Packers today about a possible deal. ESPN's Chris Mortensen is the latest to further this speculation, in a series of tweets posted Sunday morning.
Mortensen reports that the Bills are seeking a starter - preferably an offensive lineman - as well as a draft pick in exchange for Lynch. He also admits that league insiders tell him that Packers GM Ted Thompson would be reluctant to part with that type of compensation, but that Thompson was set to take Lynch in the 2007 NFL Draft had he slid past the Bills at No. 12 overall.
The Bills, ranging from GM Buddy Nix to head coach Chan Gailey to lead journalist Chris Brown, have stated numerous times that these types of reports regarding Lynch aren't true. A deal still seems unlikely, given Buffalo's reported demands and Thompson's modus operandi, but this is the first we've heard of the Bills having any sort of trade parameters in mind.
Buffalo and Green Bay square off at Lambeau Field in a little over an hour, and Mortensen believes that if the two sides discuss Lynch, it'll happen after the game.