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.