Buffalo Bills Could Have Pro Bowl Quarterback Waiting in the Wings

By Devin O'Barr
Matt Cassel sneaks it
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With the Buffalo Bills releasing starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, the team now has a decision to make underneath center for the 2013 season. Some are pointing to Tarvaris Jackson as the team’s next starting QB, however I think Jackson has no business starting in the NFL this season or any other for that matter.

Obviously, it’s incredibly difficult to get a franchise quarterback on the free agent market, however I think the Bills have a cheap option waiting in the wings for 2013. Alex Smith was dealt from the San Francisco 49ers to the Kansas City Chiefs which leaves 2012 Chiefs starting quarterback, Matt Cassel, on the market. Cassel would likely have been the starter for new head coach Andy Reid, but with Smith available for such a low price, the 2-14 team couldn’t afford to pass him up.

It’s unfortunate that players like C.J Spiller and Stevie Johnson (who have so much talent) aren’t surrounded by a quarterback nor a leader on the offensive side of the ball. It would be unfair for these studs to bring in a rookie or a guy with Jackson’s talent to quarterback this team. Cassel doesn’t have to be the long-term option at QB for “Great America’s Team” as he can easily be a stop-gap for the team before they are in a better position to grab a franchise quarterback (Gino Smith, perhaps?).

The Bills got a first-hand look at Cassel when he led the New England Patriots to a 10-5 record throwing for 3,693 yards and 21 touchdowns as opposed to just 11 interceptions. I think this would be a great change of scenery for Cassel who has been unable to find his groove in Kansas City after having a Pro Bowl year in 2010 throwing 27 touchdowns.

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