Buffalo only has one QB on the roster.
The Buffalo Bills only have one QB on their roster heading into the 2022 offseason. They need to add several players for minicamp and training camp and at least one that’s going to be a part of the regular season roster.
How did we get here? What did they do in 2021? What options do they have for 2022? We’ve answered all those questions for you below. After you read the excerpts or click through to the full articles to read all of our coverage, vote in our poll at the bottom of the article.
Mitchell Trubisky only came in when games were out of hand, and only one of those had Buffalo on the wrong side of things. A lot of these are Buffalo just killing clock and these quick, high-percentage passing plays have a chance at catching the defense off guard, but aren’t much more than glorified handoffs. That said, we can still check out ball placement and timing. Both of those things are good here.
Jake Fromm signed with the New York Giants during the season, then Davis Webb signed with the Giants after the season. Mitch Trubisky signed a one-year deal and will look to land a starting job somewhere else in 2022.
The closest thing Buffalo has to a backup QB is on their coaching staff, where new assistant Kyle Shurmur was on the Washington Football Team practice squad last year after stints with the Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs.
One year, $6 million
$4.75 million guaranteed
Lots on incentives
Not with the Bills…
- Ryan Fitzpatrick
- Jameis Winston
- Jacoby Brissett
- Teddy Bridgewater
- Marcus Mariota
- Trevor Siemian
- Sean Mannion
Veterans past their prime
- Andy Dalton
- Cam Newton
- Tyrod Taylor
- Blaine Gabbert
- Mike Glennon
- Geno Smith
Long-time veterans starting to think about retirement
- Joe Flacco
- Colt McCoy
- Chase Daniel
- Chad Henne
- Brian Hoyer
Desmond Ridder (Cincinnati)
Carson Strong (Nevada)
The closest thing to Josh Allen in the draft—and even then, it’s a relative concept—is Ridder. Good size at 6’3”, has plus athleticism, plays in a pro-style offense. He shows flashes of recklessness however, and while his arm is “good enough” it’s not great. Strong has many of the same positive attributes of Ridder, except he’s much less of an athlete and operated from a spread-type offense in college. He also had a knee injury this past season in college, although the rumor has been that there should be no concerns.
Bailey Zappe (Western Kentucky)
Brock Purdy (Iowa State)
D’Eriq King (Miami)
First, I think the Bills should sign a veteran backup in the $3-5 million range. Marcus Mariota is the best style fit while Andy Dalton is the best mentor fit. That can’t be where the Bills stop, though. They need a longer plan in place. Investing another late-round pick in the QB position to get a cost-controlled four-year plan could be a good option, but that guy would need to be part of the 53-man roster to ensure he sticks around. I’m not sure head coach Sean McDermott is interested in that option.
Now it’s your turn to vote! What do you think the Bills should do at Backup QB this offseason? Read all the excerpts (or better yet the full articles) and vote now!
- All-22 Review: all of Mitch Trubisky’s throws in 2021
- How the Bills ended up with just one QB on the roster
- Contract projection for Mitch Trubisky
- Free agents the Bills could sign at QB
- 2022 NFL Draft options at QB
- Opinion: Bills need to use two-pronged approach at backup QB this offseason