The Buffalo Bills won’t be going to the playoffs this year, a fact that got head coach Chan Gailey and his entire staff canned earlier this week on Black Monday. But while the Bills will be sitting out the postseason, so too will their possible starter next year, despite the fact his team is the No. 2 seed in the NFC.
Alex Smith was the starter in San Francisco, until he became the latest case of a long time starter usurped by a younger, talented backup due to injury. Everytime this happens, we have to harken back to when Drew Bledsoe was knocked out of a game against the New York Jets and a young Tom Brady came in to replace him.
Drew never got the job back, and neither will Alex.
Because of this, Smith is one of the most highly coveted free agent quarterbacks to hit the market this offseason, and the list of teams interested will grow exponentially. But the team apparently etching it’s name at the top of the chronological list of interest, is the Buffalo Bills, per a report via Twitter by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
@billsdraft there is interest.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 2, 2013
Obviously, this isn’t an earth shattering report, as the Bills stated long ago that they intend to find a veteran signal caller to take the reigns while a younger man is groomed for the future.
But with Smith, he may be a bit jaded and a tad sensitive when it comes to having a younger guy underneath him being groomed for an eventual take over of his job.
One might say, it’s too soon.
But for Smith, no matter where he goes, he’ll be an answer for the next couple of years and likely nothing beyond that. He’s coming up on a decade in the league and he’s just now starting to blossom. Many feel it’s because of the 49ers defense and Jim Harbaugh’s system in San Francisco that Smith was finally able to flourish, and that he’ll struggle anywhere else.
But it’s looking like the Bills would be willing to take a chance on using him a a stop-gap quarterback in Buffalo. The only question is, how does that sit with the man who;d be filling the job?