Marshawn Lynch started his career with two 1,000 yard seasons for the Buffalo Bills in 2007 and 2008, and he earned his first Pro Bowl nod after his second season. An offseason incident and a guilty plea on a misdemeanor weapons charge led to him being suspended for the first three games of the 2009 season, and after being usurped by Fred Jackson on the depth chart he was traded to the Seattle Seahawks for two draft picks (one conditional) in October of 2010.
The Bills got a guaranteed fourth-round pick in the 2011 NFL draft as part of the trade, with offensive tackle Chris Hairston going to Buffalo with the 122nd overall pick, and the conditional 2012 pick from Seattle became linebacker Tank Carder (fifth round-147th overall).
Hairston started 15 games for the Bills over his first two seasons, but he missed the entire 2013 season due to an ankle/foot issue along with an apparent illness. He should be back at right tackle for Buffalo next season, and he still has the potential to be a long-term mainstay.
Carder was released by the Bills prior to his rookie season, and he has played 30 games (two starts) for the Cleveland Browns over the last two seasons. The most noteworthy thing he has done thus far in his career is post an anti-gay remark on Twitter during the 2012 season.
Lynch has become one of the best running backs in the league, with 4,051 rushing yards and 35 touchdowns on the ground over three full seasons with the Seahawks. He has four 100-yard rushing games in seven playoff games during that time frame, including two during the team’s run to a win in Super Bowl XLVIII, while also earning a Pro Bowl selection after all three of his seasons with Seattle.
The Seahawks have been the clear winners of the Marshawn Lynch trade, and only in the unlikely event Hairston gets on the fast track to a Hall of Fame career over the next couple years will that ever change when we look back on the deal.
Brad Berreman is a Senior Writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.