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RENTON – Coach Pete Carroll said he had hoped to use the bye week to improve the Seattle Seahawks’ running attack.
The Hawks front office went about it in dramatic fashion Tuesday, trading two draft picks to Buffalo for former Pro Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch. The Seahawks reportedly have sent a fourth-round pick in 2011 and a low conditional pick in 2012 to the Bills, and they released veteran back Julius Jones to clear the roster spot.
“We’ll get him in here as soon as possible and get him to work,” Carroll said after practice Tuesday. The team has a bye this week, and Carroll said he expects Lynch to be active for the next game, at Chicago, Oct. 17.
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Lynch brings to Seattle more baggage than just his wardrobe, as he was suspended for three games in 2009 for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. Among other off-field issues, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge in ’09.
Carroll said he and team GM John Schneider have had Lynch on their wish-list for a long time. As the trade deadline neared, the Hawks slumped to 27th in the NFL in rushing.
“We bring a guy into the program that we think will give us a little boost,” Carroll said. “We’ve emphasized trying to get this running game in order, and hopefully he’ll help us in that regard.”
At 5-11, 215 pounds, Lynch was the 12th player taken in the first round of the 2007 draft. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each his rookie season and second season, making the Pro Bowl in ’08.
“He’s a very unique football player; he plays with great intensity,” Carroll said. “He’s got make-you-miss ability, he runs tough, he has really good hands, so he’s got great versatility.”
Carroll summed it up as Lynch being a back “who can carry the load for you.”
If he’s carrying the load, though, it will mean fewer carries for current starter Justin Forsett. Forsett is used to that, as the two were a backfield tandem at the University of California.
“He was a groomsman in my wedding,” Forsett said of Lynch. “We’re brothers, even without this football stuff, we’re going to be really close.”
Forsett said they have stayed in touch at least once a week and he knew that Lynch “was a little unhappy being out there in Buffalo … he’ll get a fresh start (here).”
Lynch is “probably one of the strongest guys I’ve ever been around,” Forsett said. “You can tell by the way he breaks tackles; he runs with a lot of heart.”
While Lynch has generated negative headlines for off-field legal scrapes, Forsett said he expected him to fit in well with the Seahawks.
“(He’s got) a big heart,” Forsett said. “He’s one of those guys who goes out on campus, and somebody would say, ‘Hey, Marshawn, I love those shoes,’ or ‘I love that shirt,’ and he’d take it right off his back and give it to them. Literally, he would take his shoes off or his shirt off and give it to them.”
The release of Jones came as no surprise as he was a healthy scratch from the active roster for Sunday’s game at St. Louis. He carried the ball just 12 times for 30 yards this season, although, on Monday, Carroll said that Jones “would be right back in the (running back) competition.”
--NOTES: Marcus Trufant, Sean Locklear and Ben Hamilton were the most notable players being rested at Tuesday’s first bye-week practice. Tackle Russell Okung and recently re-signed guard Chester Pitts both saw action. Practice-squad lineman Lemuel Jeanpierre got some work as backup center, while Mike Gibson bounced from left guard with the first unit to right guard with the second.