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2012 NFL Draft: Bills Unlikely To Target QB Early

In terms of impassioned arguments passed along to me via email, no category has come close to meeting the quantity of the "the Buffalo Bills should take Ryan Tannehill!" argument of late. It's just my opinion, but I don't think there's any chance that the Bills will be taking a quarterback with their No. 10 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

It's not that the Bills don't need a developmental quarterback, because they clearly do. And it's not that Tannehill isn't worthy of being picked that early; he's a talented quarterback, and talented quarterbacks always go early. Heck, the Texas A&M product might not even be available when the Bills pick.

The problem is money. Last year's No. 10 overall pick, Blaine Gabbert of Jacksonville, signed a fully guaranteed four-year, $12 million contract with a $7.23 million signing bonus. Because of the way the Bills run their books, the entirety of that bonus would count against the 2012 league year, almost certainly making the new player more expensive than Ryan Fitzpatrick (who will get a $5 million bonus on March 19 on top of his $2.8 million salary).

Add in the fact that Tyler Thigpen's contract averages $3.67 million annually, and that is a ton of money tied up in one position. With Fitzpatrick "the guy" for the foreseeable future, it's a virtual certainty that the Bills will be spending that guaranteed money at another position.