Friday, February 15, 2013
Jackson vs. Fitzpatrick?
By Tim Kavanagh
Well, it's not exactly the move that many Buffalo Bills fans wanted, but they've got themselves a QB to battle with Ryan Fitzpatrick for the starting job for 2013.
According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the Bills have re-signed backup Tarvaris Jackson to a deal that is worth up to $4.5 million. Furthermore, Bills HC Doug Marrone indicated that "I spoke with Ryan (Fitzpatrick) and Tarvaris (Jackson) and told them we'll have an open competition at quarterback."
Whether they'll have any more entrants remains to be seen, but at this point, a draft pick -- such as Syracuse's Ryan Nassib, who's been linked to the club -- seems more likely than another veteran.
James WalkerNot the most earth-shattering move
"If Buffalo sticks with Jackson and Fitzpatrick as its two competing quarterbacks, that probably does nothing to re-energize Buffalo's disappointed fan base. Both are under contract, and this competition would feel eerily similar to the failed Chan Gailey era. But the Bills still have options. For starters, they could cut Fitzpatrick before his $3 million roster bonus is due in March. Buffalo also can go after another quarterback, particularly in the draft. Possible options include Syracuse's Ryan Nassib and Mike Glennon of N.C. State. The Bills have done heavy scouting on both quarterbacks, and any top pick added to the group should immediately compete in Buffalo. What we do know is Jackson, who didn’t play at all last year, will be in the mix in Buffalo. But here's what we don't know: Who will be Jackson's quarterback competition?"