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Bills lose out on Josh Freeman; reportedly will sign QB Pat White

By Jay Skurski

The Josh Freeman watch is over.

For fans of the Buffalo Bills hoping the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback would land with their team to replace the injured EJ Manuel, it did not end well.

Freeman has chosen to sign with the Minnesota Vikings, according to a report from Pro Football Talk.

In response, the Bills will reportedly sign quarterback Pat White, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. The Bills are at their 53-man roster limit, so before White can officially be signed they will need to release someone.

The 27-year-old White hasn't played in a regular-season NFL game since 2009, his rookie year with the Miami Dolphins. He played 13 games with the Dolphins, mostly being used in the Wildcat formation. He threw only five passes with Miami, none of which were complete, and rushed 21 times for 81 yards.

White made the Washington Redskins' 53-man roster out of training camp this year, but did not appear in the team's first game of the season. He was waived by Washington on Sept. 14. In four preseason games, White went 28 of 50 (56 percent) for 330 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions. He also ran 19 times for 103 yards and three touchdowns.

Bills coach Doug Marrone indicated last week that the team would look outside the organization for help at quarterback, and the player added would have an opportunity to compete with rookie undrafted free agent Jeff Tuel to start while Manuel is out.

With his 59 career starts with Tampa Bay, Freeman would have been by far the more experienced option, but he decided the opportunity in Minnesota -- which has an unsettled quarterback position with Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel -- was more attractive.


Doug Marrone | EJ Manuel | Jeff Tuel | Pat White
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Tim Graham

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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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