According to several news media outlets, the Buffalo Bills have reportedly parted ways with their former third round draft choice, Trent Edwards. The quarterback out of Stanford has failed to stay healthy and become the leader the franchise thought they had when they selected Edwards with the 92nd overall pick in 2007.
Edwards appeared in 34 games in his career as a Buffalo Bill, 32 of which were starts. He posted a record of 14-18, while passing for 5,739 yards, 25 touchdowns, and 27 interceptions.
Edwards had his best season in 2008, where the Bills got off to a 5-0 record, yet he suffered a concussion in a game against the Arizona Cardinals, and he hasn't seemed to regain his confidence in the pocket since.
Coach Chan Gailey has stuck up for Edwards on multiple occasions since becoming the head coach of the team, including one incident in training camp when fans were harassing the quarterback. Gailey told the fans, "If you mock one of us, you mock all of us."
Edwards entered the season as the starting quarterback, yet he lost his job after dismal performances against the Miami Dolphins and Green Bay Packers to start the season, as he only passed for 241 yards combined.
The Bills reportedly had placed Edwards on the trading block earlier in the week, but apparently no offers were given, leading the franchise to release the 26-year-old California native.
Edwards was given all of the support he deserved during his time in Buffalo, yet he never seemed to evolve as a leader or signal caller. His extra conservative play resulted in constant three-and-outs for the Buffalo offense, leading the team to be very vanilla and predictable.
The news of his release comes as great news to Bills fans, who saw Ryan Fitzpatrick lead the offense yesterday against the New England Patriots, as he took shots down the field and passed for over 240 yards.
Coach Gailey will address the media with further details on his release at 3 p.m. EST, and it is still unclear whether the Bills will bring in another quarterback or stick with Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm.