The Buffalo Bills are at another turning point in their franchise history. The team is in the process of cutting ties with incumbent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Harvard grad was owed $10 million over the next two years. His play last season didn’t warrant such a contract. The team attempted to restructure and offered four years at an average of $3 million per. Fitzpatrick said no and the Bills are saying goodbye. Where he ends up is anyone’s guess.
Where the Bills end up is everyone’s desire in upstate New York and Toronto. The Bills are all in with the sweepstakes to draft West Virginia star quarterback Geno Smith. Smith is the consensus number one QB in the draft. He has running back speed, wide receiver moves and a brain to play the position at the highest level. He is part Cam Newton, Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick.
The Bills have the eighth overall pick in this year’s NFL draft. The Oakland Raiders select at number two and might be tempted to take Smith. They haven’t progressed with Carson Palmer in the lineup and should be looking in a different direction. The Arizona Cardinals select seventh and they also need an upgrade at the quarterback position. Waiting for Smith falling to eighth is a gamble
The Bills have to select Smith. They are in the process of getting funding and approval for a new stadium. They still have dates left in Toronto. Apathy is starting to build in upstate New York. The running back position is set and they have a nice defense.
What the team lacks is star power. They lack a player who can change the game with one throw, one run or one outstanding play. Smith is one of the few in this draft who can do all of those. He will sell tickets and might even win some games.
The Bills have their sights set on one player only. Smith is used to playing in the cold weather of Morgantown, so the northern outdoor climate shouldn’t be a problem. I hope the Bills brass talked to him before their move today.
Buffalo isn’t the top destination for players in the league, after all. Let’s assume they did. Now all they have to is draft him and they might have to move up the draft ladder to do so. Trades for swapping picks might be in the works, but let’s worry about that another day. Today is a good day for the franchise and its fans. The Fitzpatrick era is over and now it’s time for the Smith era to start.
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