Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Competition for Fitzpatrick
By Tim Kavanagh
The notion that the Buffalo Bills will be adding to their QB ranks this offseason is not a new one. In fact, it's been an extensively discussed topic since midway through the season, when then-GM Buddy Nix hinted at using a high draft pick on the position. No matter what happens, some fresh blood will enter the discussion because both of the club's backups -- Tarvaris Jackson and Tyler Thigpen -- are without contracts for 2013.
Starter Ryan Fitzpatrick played well enough at the start of the 2011 season to earn a huge contract extension, and he was identified as one of five high-profile potential cap casualties this offseason by Khaled Elsayed of Pro Football Focus. Even if he isn't cut, another prominent Bill would like to see some competition for Fitz.
"If we went out and got another quarterback, who knows what'll happen? Fitz may still win, or the other guy my win. Let it happen like that," wide receiver Steve Johnson suggested, per the Buffalo News. "I'm a guy that's about competing. Bring whoever you want in and the better man will win. So be it."
Whether that's one of the available veterans -- the impending free agents, plus potential trade targets like Matt Flynn and Alex Smith -- or a rookie -- such as Syracuse's Ryan Nassib, who has worked with new Bills HC Doug Marrone and OC Nathaniel Hackett in recent campaigns -- there will definitely be some other options for the Bills to consider this fall.