Bills set to sign Pat White, “veteran NFL QB”

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UPDATED: 12:03 am EDT Monday

The Buffalo Bills searched on the weekend for a veteran NFL quarterback, to compete with undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel while EJ Manuel recovers.

Apparently, they settled on someone who has never completed a pass in a regular-season NFL game.

Multiple reports late Sunday night had Josh Freeman — the long-time Tampa Bay Bucs starter cut free on Thursday — agreeing to a one-year, $3-million deal with the Minnesota Vikings.

As a result, according to CBSSports’ NFL Insider Jason La Canfora, the Bills were poised to sign Pat White — their second option, after Freeman, whom they made a late hard push for earlier Sunday night.

White worked out for the Bills on the weekend in Orchard Park, La Confora reported.

A 6-foot lefty, White barely qualifies as a veteran NFL quarterback.

The only season in which White ever dressed for an NFL game was in 2009, his rookie year with the Miami Dolphins.

In college White was a run/pass demon. He broke the NCAA record for rushing yards by a quarterback at West Virginia — but helmed only wildcat plays with the Dolphins, who cut him before the 2010 season.

White threw five passes as a Dolphin and didn’t complete one.

After a short stint in the UFL in 2010, White gave up football for two years.

The Redskins signed White this past spring. He was fourth-stringer, behind RG3, Kirk Cousins and Rex Grossman. He didn’t look bad in preseason action in Washington, including a lengthy stint against the Bills.(That’s my training-camp photo of him, top.)

EAGLESMultiple reports said the Bills also worked out Dennis Dixon, a read-option star at Oregon in 2006-07 who has started three games in his NFL career, with Pittsburgh from 2009-10. He has thrown one career touchdown pass.

Dixon was a fifth-stringer at Philadelphia Eagles training camp this past summer. His old college offensive coordinator at Oregon, Chip Kelly, is the new Eagles head coach. Dixon was cut in August. (That’s my training camp photo of him, left.)

Tuel looked dreadful on Thursday night in Cleveland in relief of Manuel, who sprained the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee and will be out for anywhere from 4-8 weeks, reports say.

There were no indications the Bills on the weekend had worked out any veteran NFL quarterbacks known more for completing passes at the pro level, than for gaining yards as a runner in college.

 

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