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Gailey: QB open competition

Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey said Tuesday there is no front-runner for the starting quarterback job at the moment. Gailey, in a brief comments to the media at One Bills Drive, did not rule out adding another prominent quarterback to the team's roster. But he said the three quarterbacks on the team - Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm - essentially are on equal footing.

Said Gailey: "We’ve been in the process of evaluating everybody that’s on the roster, everybody that’s available. To me, unless something different happens between now and post-draft, to me it’s an open competition for the job. See what happens. We’ve got some guys that obviously have played well at times and some guys that are unproven that we don’t know, but were well regarded coming out. To me we’ve got to see who can rise to the top. So it’ll be an open competition, if it stays status quo. If it changes, if we see something that changes our mind or gets us to another point, then we would go there."

Bills General Manager Buddy Nix said last month the team's "priority" would be to try to make it work at quarterback with the three incumbents. But Nix did not rule out other options. The Bills are investigating their options in the draft. They met with Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen at the NFL Scouting Combine. They are scheduled to visit with Texas prospect Colt McCoy next month. Florida's Tim Tebow said he also will have a visit to Buffalo.

Meanwhile, Gailey poo-poohed any speculation that Donte Whitner could be on the trading block. "We feel like we've got a strong secondary. Donte's a big part of that and is going to be a big part of that. To me, you would not weaken one of your strengths."

---Mark Gaughan


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