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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Drew's days are done

     February 16, 2005 -- When the Buffalo Bills gave up a first-round draft choice to the New England Patriots for quarterback Drew Bledsoe, they were hoping the two sides would live happily ever after. It didn't quite work out that way.

     Bledsoe started strongly but his performance went downhill quickly. He was released by the team on this date.

     The move had been expected for a while, as the Bills were ready to move J.P. Losman into the starter's role. Still, it was the end of a disappointing tenure here.

     Bledsoe finished with a 23-25 record as the Bills' starter. Buffalo went 9-7 in his first year in Buffalo in 2004, but that wasn't good enough to get the team into the playoffs. From there, his performance seemed to slip.

     Bledsoe decided he wasn't through, and signed to play with the Dallas Cowboys. He held the starting job for a bit more than a year, but then found himself on the bench and retired after the 2006 season.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.