Despite general manager Buddy Nix and head coach Chan Gailey both suggesting that the Buffalo Bills will seek an upgrade at quarterback the team may not draft one in April. The latest news seems to contradict the Bills previous talks about finding a replacement for Ryan Fitzpatrick.
While the Bills would be cautions to draft a quarterback in the 2013 draft, due to an underwhelming list of prospects, the team has nevertheless stated that getting one as soon as possible was a necessity.
“I think we really need to address it this year. The thing we can’t do is you can’t create one. You can’t go out, thinking ‘I’ve got to make this guy a player.’ If you do, then you’re going to be in a bigger mess. We don’t want to do that. We try to guard against that.” said Nix last month.
Now Nix is putting the brakes on the idea of drafting a quarterback. Nix decided to take a moment at the end of his weekly radio segment on WGR to dispel the thought that the Bills would draft a quarterback in the first round.
“That’s not necessarily true. I mean, we’re going to always stay with the integrity of the [draft] board. But we’re going to try to find a quarterback. If one’s there, and he’s rated at the right spot, we’re going to take him whenever that is.
“I just don’t want to get people expecting that no matter who’s there in the first round we’re going to take a quarterback because that’s not true. We’ll still take the best player.”
The Bills will continue to play Fitzpatrick int he meantime. The team has shown some improvement of late winning two of their last three games. Last week against Jacksonville the Bill quarterback finished 9-of-17 for 112 yards and a touchdown as the team took an early lead in bad weather.
Fitzpatrick signed a six year $59 million extension with the Bills in 2011.