Should the Green Bay Packers Trade for Marshawn Lynch?

Sam TastadCorrespondent IIISeptember 20, 2010

Marshawn Lynch of Buffalo Bills
Marshawn Lynch of Buffalo BillsRick Stewart/Getty Images

The Green Bay Packers recently lost Ryan Grant to a season-ending ankle injury, and now they have called upon Brandon Jackson, whom is a decent running back with experience in the NFL.

Jackson, a former second round pick out of Nebraska. Jackson has been the Packers third down running back, and has came in the game late when Ryan Grant was being rested.

In today's game against the Bills, Jackson had 11 carries for 29 yards, averaged 2.6 yards per carry, and scored a touchdown. Fullback John Kuhn actually led the team in rushing with 36 yards on nine rushes.

Aaron Rodgers also had a rushing touchdown. Dmitri Nance also got into the game and had six yards. The rushing game scored two touchdowns, but didn't really stand out in the game, and here's why they might look to trade for Marshawn Lynch.

Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch has been rumored around a possible trade to Green Bay. Lynch was quarterback Aaron Rodgers' teammate in college at California, and Rodgers recently said he would like the Packers to trade for Lynch.

Here's why the Packers should look at trading for running back Marshawn Lynch.

First, the Packers do not know if Jackson can withstand playing the entire year as the feature back. Bringing in Lynch, the Packers could have a two back system, and alternate the two on series to keep both healthy.

Second, Marshawn Lynch is a proven back in the NFL. This is his fourth year in the league, and his first two NFL seasons, he rushed for over 1,000 yards with the Bills. Plus, he can score touchdowns.

Today, the Packers got a first hand look at Lynch as played against the Packers. He rushed 17 times for 64 yards. He averaged 3.8 yards a carry, and did not score a touchdown. He rushed for more yards than any of the Packers running backs in Sunday's game.

Third, on Sunday against the Bills, the running game scored a few touchdowns, but looked a little nonexistent at times as the Packers passed the ball the majority of the time. This could show the Packers that maybe they should look at other running backs if they're not content with what they have now, and satisfied that Jackson and Kuhn can play at a high level all season.

Here are possible drawbacks for the Packers in acquiring Lynch. First, Bills head coach Chan Gailey said that the Bills are fine with having Fred Jackson, Lynch, and CJ Spiller. Plus, a source said they are not interested in trading Lynch.

One other thing is the Packers recently signed running back Dmitri Nance off the Falcons practice squad. This could mean that Ted Thompson doesn't want to go out and make any trades, and just sign a players that he thinks could help the team.

Another possible factor in why the Packers might not want to acquire Lynch is that he has gotten in trouble with the league's substance abuse policy in the past.

There you have it. Now what do you think the Packers should do? Are the Packers fine with Brandon Jackson, or should they go out and acquire a running back like Marshawn Lynch?