Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix knows his team needs a franchise quarterback.
Nix, in a recent interview with Buffalo sports radio station WGR-550, said the team hopes to draft its future leader, but he wouldn’t be opposed to trading up in the draft to get the player he want.
"Let me say this: I think there's a time that in the era that you're in and the development of your team, there's a time when you can move up a round to take a quarterback," Nix said told the radio station. "And I think the time's now for us.”
The team’s starting quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick, signed a $59 million, six-year contract extension last season. According to ESPN, Fitzpatrick was the first Bills starter since Doug Flutie in 1999 to sign an extension with the team.
However, with Fitzpatrick as starter, the Bills have failed to make the playoffs. It's a trend Nix hopes a new quarterback might change.
"I mean, if a guy's there — I keep saying that, and there'll be one out there — if the guy's there, then I think we'll target — as I've said before — drafting a good quarterback,” Nix told WGR-550. “We need a good, young quarterback, and we're going to do our best to get him."
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