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Whitner lobbies for QB

Bills safety Donte Whitner thinks he has a solution to the team's quarterback problem: Troy Smith.

Smith, the 2006 Heisman Trophy winner and a teammate of Whitner's at Glenville High School and Ohio State, is currently a backup with the Baltimore Ravens.

"Not only would Troy Smith be a good fit for us, but he'd be good for any team,'' Whitner told Branson Wright of Starting Blocks on Tuesday. "He's a proven winner. We have so much uncertainty at quarterback. All Troy needs is a chance.'' 

Smith was supposed to be the Ravens' opening-day starter in 2008, but came down with a rare case of tonsillitis. That paved the way for Joe Flacco's outstanding rookie season and allowed him to secure the starting job permanently.

Smith's agent said on his Tweeter account that Smith has requested a trade. Smith claims the agent actually made the demand on his own, but it is not a secret in Baltimore or Smith's native Cleveland that he wants to be with a team that will give him a chance to start.

Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick or Brian Brohm haven't shown the consistency needed to make the Bills a winner, but head coach Chan Gailey will evaluate each of them before deciding to keep them or go in another direction.

Whitner obviously doesn't believe any of those guys are the answer, which is why he's beating the drum on Smith's behalf.

"Playing on the same teams with Troy is not the only reason why I know he could help this team,'' Whitner said. "I've watched him from afar, I've practiced against him in the past, and I've seen him fight through so much adversity. I don't know if it will be with us, but some team will be happy with him. And with wins, comes plenty of happiness.'' 
 
---Allen Wilson

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