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Bills quarterbacks don't find greener pastures elsewhere

By Tim Graham

Not that Buffalo Bills fans were worried to begin with, but there shouldn't be any regret about Ryan Fitzpatrick leaving town.

Of all the former Bills who have come back to haunt them, quarterbacks haven't been a concern.

That could be viewed two ways. Either the Bills have been adept at moving on from an ineffective player, or they haven't been able how to identify a quarterback to begin with.

Here is a rundown of Bills starting quarterbacks since Jim Kelly retired and how they fared as starters (26-28) elsewhere after they left:

1997

  • • Todd Collins: 4-0 in 10 years with Kansas City, Washington and Chicago.
  • • Alex Van Pelt: Didn't play anywhere else.

1998

  • • Doug Flutie: 8-14 in five years with San Diego and New England.
  • • Rob Johnson 2-0 in two seasons with Tampa Bay, Washington and Oakland.

2002

  • • Drew Bledsoe: 12-10 in two seasons with Dallas.

2005

  • • J.P. Losman: No starts in three seasons with Oakland, Seattle and Miami.
  • • Kelly Holcomb: 0-3 in one season with Minnesota.

2007

  • • Trent Edwards: 0-1 in three seasons with Jacksonville and Philadelphia.

2009

  • • Ryan Fitzpatrick: Signed Monday with Tennessee.
  • • Brian Brohm: Didn't play anywhere else.

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Alex Van Pelt | Drew Bledsoe | J.P. Losman | Jim Kelly | Ryan Fitzpatrick | Trent Edwards
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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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