Trent Edwards cut by Buffalo Bills days after losing starting QB job
Without much of an explanation, the Bills on Monday made the unexpected move of releasing Edwards, a team captain who started 32 games for the Bills (14-18 record), including the first two games of this season.
"Those kinds of decisions are never easy," Bills Coach Chan Gailey said. "He gave us everything he had. We just felt like we were not going to go back in that direction at the next juncture. Trent did the best he could. He's a great young man, and I wish him the best."
According to the Bills' website, many of Edwards' former teammates found out about his release on the locker room television.
"It was pretty surprising to all of us," wide receiver Roscoe Parrish said. "He had the 'C' on his jersey, and it’s there for captain. He was our starting quarterback two weeks ago, and to have this happen, it’s kind of shocking, especially after the game. In the NFL, you never know what will happen. We have to move on. We can't dwell on it."
Running back Fred Jackson said he spoke to Edwards following his release. "He's definitely disappointed," Jackson said. "It wasn't what he was expecting, but he said he's OK and hoping that something else can happen for him this year. I'll be in contact with him, and hopefully some things can move around for him."
New starter Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 20 of 28 passes for 247 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday's loss to the New England Patriots.
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