In our previous posts discussing potential backup quarterback options for the Buffalo Bills, we've concentrated on younger veteran players. Between Dennis Dixon, Tyler Thigpen and Vince Young, the oldest player (Young) is 28 years old. Which is why the next guy on our list, Billy Volek, sort of sticks out like a sore thumb.
Volek just turned 35 years old, making him one of the older free agent quarterbacks that could be available once football comes back. Having spent the last five seasons of his career with San Diego, this is a player that Bills GM Buddy Nix will have some familiarity with.
In those five years in San Diego, where he was signed when Drew Brees left via free agency, Volek has served as the backup to Philip Rivers, and has thrown just 44 passes in that time frame. His most extensive playing time came as Rivers was resting for the playoffs, when Volek completed 19 of 30 passes for 216 yards and a score in a season finale win over Washington.
It's possible that Volek returns to San Diego to continue backing up Rivers. If he chooses to leave, teams with better shots at a championship might be more appealing. That tie to Nix, however, necessitates that Volek make our list here. Would anyone be against the idea of Volek backing up Ryan Fitzpatrick?