Thursday, March 1, 2012
Buddy Nix: Bills not in RGIII sweepstakes
By James Walker
The Buffalo Bills raised some eyebrows when they interviewed Baylor quarterback and likely No. 2 pick Robert Griffin III last week at the NFL combine.
Buffalo holds the No. 10 overall pick, and the team just gave starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick $59 million this past October. So what gives?
It turns out Buffalo simply was doing its due dillegence. General manager Buddy Nix told BuffaloBills.com Thursday that the team will not move up in the draft to pursue Griffin.
"It is absolute. It's a no," Nix said sternly. "You've got to give up the farm. We're not in that business."
The Bills need their draft picks and have several holes to fill. The most pressing needs are left tackle, wide receiver and an outside pass-rusher. Buffalo also plans to spend to the salary cap this year, which helps.
It's still to be determined if Fitzpatrick is a franchise quarterback who can take the Bills to the next level. But the reality is the Bills paid Fitzpatrick a lot of money and have to find out if it was a worthy investment over the next couple of years.
Any quarterback Buffalo drafts this year should be developmental, because you can't have $59 million sitting on the bench. Maybe the Bills will take a quarterback in the third, fourth or fifth round with that in mind. But it won't happen with their first pick.