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Forget Michael Vick: Buffalo Bills Need to Build to Future with Trent Edwards

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 01:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs the ball for a first down in the first half against the New York Giants on November 1, 2009 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Robert QuinnCorrespondent INovember 10, 2009

Why is it that the Buffalo Bills continue to acquire washed-up veterans instead of building and developing what they already have?

From the 2002 acquisition of Drew Bledsoe to the recent offseason addition of Terrell "T.O." Owens, Buffalo's personnel moves have not been the smartest in building the championship-caliber team we strive for every year.

Now there are rumors of Michael Vick coming to Buffalo in the 2010 offseason.

This would be a terrible decision, no matter what the players believe. Trent Edwards is a solid quarterback and hasn't performed up to par mainly due to the inexperience of the Buffalo offensive line.

In Vick's Pro Bowl years, he was a scrambling quarterback who struggled consistently with accuracy. Buffalo has too many offensive weapons on offense to hand the ball over to Vick, who looks for holes to run rather than wait for receivers to get open downfield.

It is obvious in watching Vick this season that he simply does not have the speed or awareness he once had in the stunning 2006 season. After being in prison for such a long period of time, he lost not only his physical ability, but his quarterback knowledge, as well.

Vick consistently completed 45-50 percent of his passes while averaging about 150 yards per game.

Edwards had one of the highest completion percentages in the NFL last season and is completing 60 percent of his passes this season, even behind an atrocious offensive line.

Instead of bidding for Michael Vick in the offseason, Buffalo needs to place emphasis on developing the offensive line, as well as adding some solid defensive playmakers.

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