Lynch comes around to Gailey, practice

Five months after the Buffalo Bills hired head coach Chan Gailey, running back Marshawn Lynch finally met him Monday.


LynchOne month and a dozen voluntary workouts after the Bills began their offseason program, Lynch finally showed up to practice with his teammates Tuesday.

"I talked to [Gailey] a little bit yesterday just to tell him that I was going to be back, and let's get this thing rolling," Lynch told reporters after the workout. "Well, they already had it rolling. But let me come add my wheel to it."

Lynch was the 12th overall draft pick in 2007. He rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons and made the Pro Bowl in his second. But he fell out of favor last year. He began the season with a three-game suspension for repeated off-field misbehavior and lost the starting job to Fred Jackson. The Bills drafted Clemson running back C.J. Spiller ninth overall in April.

Despite declarations from Lynch he would commit himself to regaining his status as an emerging star, he abstained from practice and learning the new offense.

"I felt I was away from the team for too long," Lynch said. "I missed it so I came back to it."

Lynch said he had been putting in "the necessary work for me to come back and be able to produce," while he was away.

"I haven't really been away from just football for that long, just the whole thing, running into people, catching the ball, running past people, putting my hands on people and roughing people up a little bit," Lynch said. "I kind of missed that a little bit."

Lynch claimed Tuesday he never asked the Bills to trade him, but didn't sound like it would pain him to go.

"I like to play football," Lynch said. "Whether it’s here or if it’s somewhere else, as long as I get to play football, I’m feeling great."