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Maybe Lynch will attack offseason later

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Beast mode will have to wait.

Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch recently proclaimed he was going to "showcase what I got" and "It's time for a change" when discussing his attitude toward getting ready for 2010.

But when the Bills convened here Tuesday for the start of voluntary workouts, Lynch declined to join them.

Lynch didn't promise to show up for the start of organized team activities in the article written by Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports. But Lynch missed a wonderful opportunity to bolster his words with actions by showing up and participating.

He declined to attend the offseason conditioning program as rumors swirled the Bills, tired of his poor attitude and off-field problems, would trade him.

It also would be advisable for Lynch to be as involved as possible purely from a football standpoint. The Bills have a new head coach, Chan Gailey. Gailey also will call the plays. Lynch lost his job as the feature back to the unheralded Fred Jackson last year. The Bills drafted Clemson running back C.J. Spiller ninth overall last month.

Lynch coined the phrase beast mode to describe his running style, explaining to Silver it's "the mindset of somebody who, at whatever he does, he's gonna make the most of it ... basically taking what you want."

Just not today, I suppose. Maye tomorrow. Maybe the next day. Meh.

Also absent Tuesday was two-time Pro Bowl pass-rusher Aaron Schobel, who's contemplating retirement.

Check back later for more updates from Gailey's first organized team activities session with the Bills.