Bills pick up quarterback
Matt Baker with North Carolina
Matt Baker with North Carolina
BFR Publisher
Posted May 1, 2008


After failing to draft a QB in the draft, Buffalo picked up Baker on Thursday. And as it stands now, Baker has a decent shot at making the 53-man roster.

Buffalo stood pat under center through last weekend's draft. JP Losman wasn't dealt and no rookies were added to solidfy depth behind starter Trent Edwards.

On Thursday, the Bills finally made a move, adding practice squad journeyman Matt Baker to its roster. Baker signed as undrafted free agent with Houston in 2006 and was released. He then served as Dallas' third QB at times that season before being cut. New Orleans picked him up before last season but cut him within the month and Baker joined Arizona's practice squad for the '07 campaign.

On Jan. 30 this year Baker inked a deal with Miami but was let go after the Dolphins drafted Michigan quarterback Chad Henne in the second round.

In his final season with North Carolina in 2005, Baker threw for 2,345 yards on 180-of-346 (52 percent) passing. He completeted nine touchdowns, while throwing 11 interceptions. Baker's 2,345 yards is the fourth best single-season total in UNC history, as the Tar Heels went 5-6.

Buffalo now has four quarterbacks on its roster: Edwards, Losman, Baker and Gibram Hamdan. In 2006, Hamdan led NFL Europa in passing with 1,629 yards, 12 touchdowns and three picks.

Baker has a legitimate shot at cracking the 53-man roster as it stands now. The Bills haven't signed a veteran quarterback through free agency, and the market is extremely dry right now.

The Bills have been steadfast in claiming their desire to keep the unhappy Losman. So for now, he remains Buffalo's top backup at QB. Losman's contract expires after this season, a big reason critics say the Bills should get value for him while they can.



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