Trent Edwards gets the heave ho

The Bills held a quarterback competition throughout the offseason.  Trent Edwards got more first-team reps than anyone, especially in training camp.

At the end of that five-month process, the Bills decided Edwards was the best quarterback on the team.  Three weeks later, he’s not even on the team.

The Bills released Edwards Monday, one week after coach Chan Gailey replaced him with Ryan Fitzpatrick.  It’s not that we disagree with the move to Fitzpatrick.  And Edwards, benched again, had probably outlived his usefulness.

But this release points out once again the Bills have absolutely no plan.  When they do have a plan, they don’t stick to it.  They didn’t acquire a single quarterback this offseason they kept and have absolutely no long-term option at the position.  The coaches change, but the cycle of huge changes in the course of action stays with owner Ralph Wilson.

Edwards is now subject to waivers.  He’s due $1.65 million, so he could pass through waivers before teams show interest.  Edwards has shown enough in his brief career for a few teams to take him on as a possible backup.  Jacksonville makes some sense.

28 responses to “Trent Edwards gets the heave ho

  1. $1.65 million? That’s it? Hmm. Maybe the Giants could use him. He could probably start for the Raiders, too…..

  2. um. Yeah…ahh…I am trying to think of SOMETHING to add to this story. The Bills? I just realized the Bills were still in the NFL sunday when I saw them play the Patriots. They scored 30 points too. I am a Patriots fan..but their defense is terrible. Fitzpatrick scored the highest on the Wonderlic test. So very important…that test.

  3. As a Bills fan i’m dumbfounded by this move. No, Trent isn’t our quarterback of the future. No, he isn’t very good. But what’s the harm in holding on to him until the season is over?
    This reeks of the same impulsive, nonsensical doing of Raplh…

  4. He could start for the Steelers next week, and they’d probably put up thirty to forty points……….

  5. Poor Bill. You gotta like that on-sides kick attempt though….see there is a little bright side…

  6. “The coaches change, but the cycle of huge changes in the course of action stays with owner Ralph Wilson.”
    Yuppers……

  7. They are in the process of negotiating with JaMarcus Russell. Word is they are offering league minimum, will pay 50% of any legal fees incurred, free buffets before and after every practice, and will supply him with 50 gallons of “purple drank” during the offseason

  8. This team is a dumpster fire.
    But you’re wrong- they do have a plan. Their plan is to make every decision with nothing other than saving money in mind. Whether it is promoting an ever-grateful 71 year old football lifer who is probably paying THEM for the opportunity he thought he would never get and doesn’t really deserve, or hiring a coach who has mostly failed everywhere he’s been simply because he is willing to work for the pittance they are willing to pay.
    They have great fans who deserve better. Their fans are so good that I have seen them on here defending the horribly uninspired hirings of Nix and Gailey and their inexcusable lack of urgency in bringing in talent.
    Unfortunately, instead of rewarding these fans, the team takes advantage of their loyalty by offering them garbage and knowing they will still pay for it.

  9. Some teams bench their starting QBs (Bills, Panthers, Raiders, combined 1-8).
    One team cuts their former starting QB (Bills, 0-3).
    Some teams would like to be able to bench their starting QBs (Cards, Jags, combined 3-3).
    Then there’s one team previously written off for dead (Thanks, Coach Mike!) that uses their 3rd and 4th string QBs to go 3-0 (Stillers).
    Funny league. That is, if you’re a fan of the latter.

  10. It makes sense for a lot of teams to claim him. I can’t believe that the Bills couldn’t have gotten a late/conditional pick for him, which I think means they didn’t even try. There’s probably a few teams he could start for, and several more that could stand to have an upgrade at a back-up spot.

  11. Trent sucked. Didnt throw down field , would throw 5 yards on 3rd and 13. On his last play as a Bill ,when down, on a 4th and 11 he ran out of bounds for a two yd gain.
    I have a autographed ball with his signature that will now be used for Turkey day game.

  12. Let’s see, he sucks, he is overpaid, and has no future in the NFL.
    In that case, the Vikings are likely to sign him.

  13. AttackRaven says:
    September 27, 2010 1:41 PM
    Los Angeles Bills sounds like a perfect spot to have the number one pick in the draft.
    _______________________________
    Sort of like the Cleveland Ravens?

  14. I’ll take him as a Bengals Backup…..can’t exactly plug in Jordan Palmer or Cowbell LeFevour

  15. This staff has the guts to move on…weed out the guys who won’t be around in the future…Bottom out, Get your QB in the draft…No football next year anyway….

  16. florio4prez says: September 27, 2010 1:27 PM
    “Then there’s one team previously written off for dead (Thanks, Coach Mike!) that uses their 3rd and 4th string QBs to go 3-0 (Stillers).
    Funny league. That is, if you’re a fan of the latter.”
    It’s amazing what good organizations can do. The Steelers can win with anyone at QB, just like the Colts can win with anyone at receiver who isn’t an amputee. Then there’s my team, which manages to lose despite having a running back gain 180 yards against a stingy Ravens defense. F*ck.

  17. The Bengals could use a QB. My 6 year old niece looked better throwing the ball around the other day than good old number 9. Who Dey!

  18. CJ SPILLER says:
    September 27, 2010 2:05 PM
    AttackRaven says:
    September 27, 2010 1:41 PM
    Los Angeles Bills sounds like a perfect spot to have the number one pick in the draft.
    ____________________ ___________
    Sort of like the Cleveland Ravens?
    _______________________________
    HAHA!! Good one man!

  19. How about the Bills picking up Kolb from the Eagles? Wasn’t his name being tossed around just a few days ago?

  20. They have a plan. They are going to build through the draft.
    No quarterbacks in this draft. Clausen? Tebow? Please.
    Which free agent QB would you have them sign?
    McNabb? Used his “No Trade” clause, remember?
    Delhomme? Mr. Interception’s QB rating is 59.2
    Wallace? Riding pine in Cleveland.
    Campbell? Benched in Oakland.
    Derek Anderson? He’d fit right in. But he’s nobody’s long term answer for anything.
    So, because they decided not to pick from a lot of bad choices, they have no plan?
    Fitz’ll win 6-7 games and the Bills will draft where they usually do.
    It’s only week three. Sheesh.

  21. everyone that is saying the bills are dumb for doing this..are you serious!? they did it because they finally realized having him for 3 years as a started was going no where..he is AWFUL. there is no point in keeping him as a backups. we arent trying to save money. were trying to move on..idiots

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