Marshawn Lynch, who the Bills selected with the 12th pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, knew he wasn’t long for Buffalo. “He just didn’t like where he was,” acknowledged former GM Buddy Nix. “Can you imagine where he came from to Buffalo? That’s a culture shock.”
An Oakland native who had spent his entire life in the Bay Area, Lynch preferred to play on the West Coast and eventually got his wish when the Seahawks acquired him for a pair of draft picks weeks prior to the 2010 trade deadline. Though Lynch would go on to become a beloved figure in Seattle, bringing the Seahawks their first and so far only Super Bowl title in 2013, the Pro Bowl running back was conflicted at the time, feeling he had let Buffalo down.