The Buffalo Bills on Monday announced that they have released quarterback Trent Edwards.
Reports circulated yesterday, via ESPN's Adam Schefter, that the Bills were attempting to trade their 2007 third-round pick. Edwards was benched a week ago today in favor of veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick following two abysmal performances to start the 2010 season. In those two games, Edwards guided Buffalo's offense to just 17 points and threw for just 241 yards while getting sacked seven times. Buffalo lost those games by a combined score of 49-17.
The decision comes just three weeks after Edwards completed a solid preseason and won a supposedly open competition for the starting job. He was also elected a team captain by his teammates.
Edwards is not yet a free agent; he'll spend 24 hours on waivers, and can be claimed by any team for that period of time. He was in the final year of a four-year rookie deal. He finishes his Bills career with 5,739 yards, a 60.9 career completion percentage, 25 touchdowns, 27 interceptions, and a 13-18 record in games in which he attempted at least 18 passes.
Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm are now the only two quarterbacks on Buffalo's roster. Chan Gailey will address the decision at a 3PM news conference.