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Wade Smith will meet the Buffalo media at noon

With Bills fans hoping for the team to find a new quarterback, the franchise will tender to the media at noon on Saturday free-agent guard Wade Smith, who visited the team on Friday (as pointed out in Josh Alper’s most recent one-liners).

The organization distributed moments ago a text message announcing that Smith will be available today for questions.  By all indications, he has not yet signed a contract.

Other teams have applied this approach in the past, most notably the Eagles.  A free agent visits, and he then talks to the media before a deal is done.

Usually, the player ultimately signs.

But the approach carries with it some risk.  After all, Smith could stroll to the podium today and say, “My visit here really sucked.  Can someone drive me to the airport?  Now?”

It’s not likely to happen here.  The seven-year veteran spent the last two years with the Chiefs, former employer of new head coach Chan Gailey.  Smith appeared in every game last season, starting nine.  The prior season, he appeared in 15 games, with seven starts.

So while the Bills need a good quarterback, they also need five guys who can keep the quarterback from being broken into five or more pieces.

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16 Responses to “Wade Smith will meet the Buffalo media at noon”
  1. The Devil says: Mar 6, 2010 10:24 AM

    another player to the CFL.
    This team sucks, they did not hire a coach and the city of buffalo is unliveable.
    please secede to Canada

  2. holycow says: Mar 6, 2010 10:26 AM

    Exciting time to be a Buffalo fan.

  3. billsfan1 says: Mar 6, 2010 10:30 AM

    not a sexy signing, if it becomes one, but what the hell, with all the injuries we have suffered, we need solid backups and this would be good in case Eric Wood isnt quite reeady for the start of the season

  4. TexansMike says: Mar 6, 2010 10:31 AM

    He’s scheduled to be in Houston tomorrow. So, we’ll see.

  5. Buffalo Hogan says: Mar 6, 2010 10:35 AM

    Another new member of the Buffalo Chiefs…What do you get when you merge 2 of the worst teams in the last decade??? the detroit lions

  6. wwwmattcom says: Mar 6, 2010 10:37 AM

    If the Bills can solve their problems at line, it would make ANY QB they get better. I am probably the only Bills fan itching to see more Brohm. Maybe that’s a testament to how bad our QB situation has been, maybe I he has more talent than trent and trent has been thrown out there as a possible starter for next year.

  7. virtualplague says: Mar 6, 2010 10:38 AM

    wow now that we have him nothing will stop us

  8. Damn it Chiefs!! says: Mar 6, 2010 10:54 AM

    This is fantastic news for all AFC East defensive linemen

  9. kwguinness says: Mar 6, 2010 10:59 AM

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Buffalo draft two O lineman in the first three rounds of last years draft? And didn’t those two O Lineman end up starting the year at both guard positions? Levitre was moved to tackle out of necessity, but based on his size and his entire football career, he is a guard. It is the natural position for him. Typical Buffalo, lets try and squeeze someone in at a position they naturally don’t fit, cross our fingers, and hope it works out. Off to a great start guys!

  10. dirtyTHIRTY says: Mar 6, 2010 11:16 AM

    They do this with every free agent they bring in.

  11. Boring Tuna says: Mar 6, 2010 11:17 AM

    Wade Smith, the same guy who was known as the human turnstile in Miami, is still in the NFL?? Holy crap!

  12. Meldog says: Mar 6, 2010 11:31 AM

    At TheDevil:
    So you’ve been here?

  13. wwwmattcom says: Mar 6, 2010 11:46 AM

    This is no splash but the Bills have to sign back up linemen. At least this guy has experience. This guy will play unless Wood is ready to go, and a solid center back up is always nice to have. Give the defense a good look.
    What’s with people hating on Buffalo? Kicking a man he’s down? wow, some people have anger issues.
    Where is that moron, superbowl? He’s as dumb as they come.
    excuse the Buffalo Bills for filling their roster.

  14. Buffalo Hogan says: Mar 6, 2010 11:59 AM

    @ TheDevil:
    Theres not a more passionate fan base or better place to watch an NFL game than in Buffalo — you dont want to lose this group. I hope the league realizes this also.
    Try going to a game in Detroit or Dallas in their country club/rich people only stadiums >>> it cant touch places like lambeau and RWS.

  15. rockotica says: Mar 6, 2010 12:11 PM

    He actually played pretty good in Kc last year when called on, including a game where he held his own at LT (better than Damion Macintosh). He’s better than Alleman who Indy just signed; this may be a great bargain.

  16. whybuffalowhy says: Mar 6, 2010 1:45 PM

    Hey Devil, are you and Superbowl lovers, or just friends with benefits? And you forgot to throw in a joke about the snow in B-lo. Blah Blah Blah. Get a life.

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