The Buffalo Bills have filled the hole left in their roster after the team released quarterback Trent Edwards on Monday.
The team officially re-signed Levi Brown Tuesday, one of their final cuts in training camp earlier this month.
The 23-year-old was the Bills’ seventh-round pick of this year’s draft.
Brown played his college ball at the University of Richmond from 2005-06, and for Troy University from 2007-09.
At 6’3’’ and 225 pounds, Brown possess a strong arm. In 2009, he set his school and Sunbelt Conference records, going 321-of-504 for 4,254 passing yards (second in the nation).
In three pre-season games with the Bills, Brown was 15-of-30 for 130 yards and two interceptions before being released on Sept. 4.
At the time, the rookie was outspokenly disappointed, especially after the amount of playing time he was awarded in training camp.
“NEVER woulda guessed id be in this position right now,” Brown wrote on his Twitter account on Sept. 6. “Not even a practice squad invite. i’ve now officially gone from surprised to pissed!”
Brown will now get a second chance with the Bills, as he will move into the third-string quarterback slot, behind backup Brian Brohm and starter Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Jags sign Edwards
Meanwhile, it didn’t take Edwards very long to find a new job.
The Jacksonville Jaguars claimed the former 2007 third-round pick of the Bills, claiming him off waivers Tuesday and signing him to a contract Wednesday.
Edwards, playing in his fourth NFL season, was scheduled to make $1.65 million US this season. The Bills will pay $291,176 of the contract, with the Jaguars taking on the rest.
Other teams rumoured to be interested in Edwards were the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Jets. However, he will likely battle David Garrard for the starting job in Jacksonville.
The Jaguars (1-2) have already placed backup quarterback Luke McCown on injured reserve, and still have third-stringer Todd Bouman on the roster.
Garrard has struggled in his past two games, both 25 point losses (to San Diego and Philadelphia) in which he threw a combined five interceptions and was sacked eight times.
Edwards may not be the immediate answer for the Jags, however, as he was just as bad in his two starts – both losses – with the Bills.
After going 18-of-34 for 139 yards and a touchdown against Miami in Week 1, Edwards went completed just 111 of 18 passes for 102 yards and two interceptions in a blowout loss to the Green Bay Packers the following week.
Fitzpatrick has looked the best of the Buffalo quarterbacks. In his only start last Sunday against the Patriots, he went 20-of-28 for 247 yards with a pair of touchdowns against two interceptions.
The Bills lost 38-30, but had their best offensive game of the young season, and Fitzpatrick’s performance earned the team more total offensive yards than Edwards had compiled in his two starts combined.