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Poll: Disaster! Lone options are JaMarcus Russell, Trent Edwards

By Tim Graham

Unemployed former Buffalo Bills starter Trent Edwards reportedly will be one of three quarterbacks the Chicago Bears bring in this week for a tryout.

Captain Checkdown, however, isn't the headliner. Not even close.

The Bears are taking a look-see at 2007 top draft choice JaMarcus Russell, considered by many the worst draft pick of all-time.

The other applicant for one of Jay Cutler's backup roles will be Jordan Palmer.

The Bills have direction at quarterback after drafting EJ Manuel and signing veterans Kevin Kolb and Tarvaris Jackson this offseason.

But, just for fun, let's consider a desperate situation:

Your team is about to open training camp, but a strange mold in the quarterback meeting room has sent everybody at the position to the hospital, where they will stay for weeks before undergoing a lengthy rehab program.

And the only two available quarterbacks are Russell and Edwards.


EJ Manuel | Kevin Kolb | Tarvaris Jackson | 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

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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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