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.