Remember this guy?
The No.1-overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft and the first selection in Houston Texans' history is on the open market and would be a terrific fit with the Buffalo Bills.
David Carr has bounced around five different teams since 2002 and has been far from a quality NFL starter. But with the Bills cutting ties with Ryan Fitzpatrick, the team is in dire need of a new signal-caller in 2013.
Take a deep breath. I am not campaigning for Carr to come into Buffalo and instantly be the starter. Jason Campbell and Kevin Kolb would be better free-agent options if that was the intended scenario.
With Fitzpatrick gone and Tarvaris Jackson the only quarterback on the roster, all signs are pointing to Buffalo drafting a quarterback with the No.8 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
The Bills might be the first team to take a quarterback this April, but this quarterback crop is not to be mistaken with the extremely talented group in 2012.
Assuming that the Bills draft a quarterback early in this upcoming draft, the quarterback will need to develop. There is simply no NFL ready quarterback who can immediately make the impact that Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson did last season.
Assuming that the Bills do draft a "franchise quarterback," Carr has a lot to teach and a lot to offer.
Carr knows what it is like to be drafted with extreme expectations, and knows what it feels like to fail. However, Carr also knows how to stick it out in the NFL and has even tasted success in this league.
In 2006, Carr led the entire NFL with a 68.3 completion percentage. Against the Bills in 2006, Carr tied an NFL record with 22 consecutive completions. And in 2012, Carr was a serviceable backup who won a Super Bowl as Eli Manning's backup.
Carr is an above average backup with experience, and still a chip on his shoulder. He will push the Bills signal-caller to be the best quarterback that he can be, while also trying to steal the spot himself.
Just remember that Tommy Maddox had been written off as a complete NFL bust before his amazing 2002 season proved to the NFL, and Maddox himself, that the former No.1 draft pick can in fact succeed in the NFL.
Carr has spent time learning from a two-time Super Bowl MVP and is an upgrade over Jackson in Buffalo.
Signing Carr to be a mentor in Buffalo just makes a lot of sense for where the franchise is at this point in time.
Maybe if the Bills want their next quarterback to develop, Carr can steal a start or two. Regardless of what exactly Carr's role is in Buffalo, his addition would simply be a win-win scenario for the Bills.