(Born October 30, 1983) -- The Trent Edwards story almost had a chance to be something out of a storybook. It just didn’t work out the way the Bills thought it would.
Edwards was a standout quarterback in high school in California, and was ranked as one of the nation’s top prospects in a pro-style offense. He didn’t lose a game in his last two years as a prep star.
It earned him a scholarship at Stanford. Edwards had a string of injuries during his time there, and only showed flashes of his ability. Edwards still did enough to impress the Bills, who took him in the third round in 2007. JaMarcus Russell and Brady Quinn were taken in the first round that year. Stanford coach Bill Walsh personally told Bills’ GM Marv Levy it was a great pick.
After a good preseason, Edwards worked his way past J.P. Losman into the starting lineup. He was on the NFL’s all-rookie team. However, injuries and inconsistencies were a problem throughout his career. He started Buffalo’s first two games in 2010, and then was benched the next week and cut the week after that.
Since then, Edwards has been a backup with Jaguars, Raiders and Eagles.
--- Budd Bailey