By Mark Gaughan
The Buffalo Bills have acquired another quarterback, Thad Lewis, in a trade with the Detroit Lions.
The move, coupled with the signing of free-agent Matt Leinart earlier Sunday, reflects a major concern on the part of the Bills over the long-term health of veteran Kevin Kolb, who suffered concussion-like symptoms after taking a blow to the head against Washington on Saturday. Kolb, a seventh-year veteran, has had at least two prior concussions, one of them major. Another significant head injury is a worry for Kolb's career.
The acquistion of Lewis comes in return for third-year linebacker Chris White, who announced his departure from the team on Twitter. The deal comes just hours after the Bills agreed to terms with Leinart, the former first-round pick entering his eighth NFL season.
Lewis was running as the fourth-string quarterback in Detroit and was considered unlikely to beat out third-stringer Kellen Moore. White was veteran presence on the Bills' special teams units. However, he was running with the third team at linebacker. His odds of making the 53-man roster this season were uncertain, at best. White played in 15 games for the Bills last season but only saw eight snaps all season with the defense. He was third on the team in special-teams tackles with nine.
Lewis was undrafted out of Duke University in 2010. He set Duke records for passing yards (7,931) and touchdown passes (56). He was undrated because he's on the short side for an NFL QB, at 6-foot and 1-2 inches, and he doesn't have elite physical tools. He moves pretty well, but he's not viewed as a running quarterback.
He spent the 2010 season on the practice squad of the St. Louis Rams. He was a backup for the Cleveland Browns in 2011 and 2012. He got into one game, starting against Pittsburgh in the season finale last year. He completed 22 of 32 passes for 204 yards in a 24-10 loss.
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