By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

No. 82: October 5, 2010The Bills trade Marshawn Lynch to Seattle for a fourth-round draft choice in 2011 (Chris Hairston) and a conditional draft choice in 2012 (Tank Carder).

The Bills had a rare situation in the middle of the 2010 football season: They had too many good running backs. Fred Jackson had become a solid contributor by this point, and C.J. Spiller was an exciting threat in a variety of ways. That left Marshawn Lynch, a former No. 1 pick of the team in 2007.

Lynch ran for more than 1,000 yards in 2007 and 2008, but he was crowded out of the picture in 2009. Therefore, Lynch was the odd man out when it came to a midseason trade with the Seahawks.

As we know, Lynch was happy in his new home for a while. He had four straight 1,000-yard seasons with the Seahawks, and won a championship in Seattle. Then, after a year off, Lynch took his “Beast Mode” to Oakland in 2017, and has now retired. Chris Hairston spent three years as a Bill as an offensive lineman, while Tank Carder never suited up for Buffalo.

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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has been involved in almost every aspect of the local sports scene for the last 40 years. He worked for WEBR Radio, the Buffalo Sabres' public relations department and The Buffalo News during that time. In that time he covered virtually every aspect of the area's sports world, from high schools to the Bills and Sabres and everything in between. Along the way, Budd served as a play-by-play announcer for the Bisons, an analyst for the Stallions, and a talk-show host. He won the National Lacrosse League's Tom Borrelli Award as the media personality of the year in 2011, and was a finalist for that same award in 2017. Budd's seventh and eighth books, one on the Transcontinental Railroad and the other about Ichiro Suzuki, are scheduled to be released in the fall.

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