When the Bills play the Packers on Sunday at Lambeau Field, Buffalo running back Marshawn Lynch might want to hang loose about just which team he'll be carrying the ball for.
Lynch, the Bills' former first-round pick who has lost his starting job to journeyman Fred Jackson, has been the subject of trade rumors now that the Packers have lost tailback Ryan Grant for the rest of the season with a foot injury.
The speculation only increased when Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who played with Lynch at the University of California-Berkeley, lobbied for the team to acquire him.
So far, the Bills are holding off on making any moves, insisting they have no plans - or desire - to trade Lynch.
But that hasn't stopped the speculation. Or the joking. According to Bills beat reporter Alan Wilson of the Buffalo News, there was this exchange between Bills cornerback Drayton Florence and Lynch in the locker room today:
"You know you're getting traded, right?" Florence told Lynch, who chuckled in response.
"No, real talk," Florence continued. "It just went across the bottom of the [television] screen. Me and you. Package deal, baby."
"So we're out of this thing, huh?" Lynch asked.
"We're out of here," Florence answered.
Of course, it wasn't true. At least not yet.
Lynch downplayed Rodgers' comments, per Wilson.
"As of right now, I know I'm taking handoffs from Fitz [Ryan Fitzpatrick] or Trent [Edwards] or [Brian] Brohm," Lynch said. "That's pretty much all I've got to say about that."
But you have to believe that Lynch wants out after losing his job to Jackson and after the Bills drafted C.J. Spiller in the first round last April. Lynch missed most of the off-season workouts and didn't get off to a good start with new head coach Chan Gailey.
"If it's going to happen, it's going to happen," Lynch said. "I mean, what will I be able to do about it? If they say you've got to go, what am I going to do, tell them no? If they say I'm going to stay, I'm here. If they say I'm not going anywhere, then come on, let's continue to build on this thing and let's get better."