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Is there a market for Troy Smith?

Bills' Whitner thinks QB would fit with Gailey in Buffalo. Matt Bowen

Print This January 27, 2010, 03:04 PM EST

I’m curious about Ravens QB Troy Smith — the former Heisman winner from Ohio State.

We know he isn’t going to get an opportunity in Baltimore behind Joe Flacco, but is there a market out there for a young, yet unproven, quarterback? I think Smith has some upside, as he’s athletic and — like most non-starting QBs in the NFL — is just looking for some work.

His agent, Ralph Cindrich, has lobbied for a trade, according to the NFP’s Aaron Wilson. But, don’t read too much into that, as Cindrich is just doing his job, trying to find a good situation for his client. You expect that as a player.

Now, one of Smith’s former Buckeye teammates — Bills safety Donte Whitner — has voiced his own opinion on bringing him to quarterback-starved Buffalo — a team that needs someone under center in Chan Gailey’s new offense.

Whitner wrote via Twitter, “Troy can come compete with the guys we have and the BEST man will win the job. Coach Gailey would make him so dangerous.”

I like when players stand up for the guys they played with in college. I did it when I was still playing, and I do it now in my own writing whenever I am discussing an Iowa Hawkeye. It is only natural to expect that from Whitner, and I know from playing with Donte in Buffalo that he is a big fan of Smith’s game.

I happen to like the idea of the Bills going after Eagles QB Michael Vick — a player that could bring some excitement and a strong arm to western New York. But, outside of Whitner's claims, the questions still remain about Smith.

Can he play — and produce — every Sunday in the NFL? And, if a team were to make a play for Smith, what would his value be?

The people I talked to today in the league and who cover the Ravens think there isn’t a ton of value for Smith right now and that you may be able to get a mid-rounder for him.

But, beyond that, does Smith have the arm to throw the ball at Ralph Wilson Stadium in November or December — or even September with the unpredictable weather in Buffalo?

The answer I heard today is that Smith does. He can drop back and deliver the football up north.

Bottom line: it is another option for the Bills if they are going to be active this offseason in the quarterback market — which I still believe is the key above anything else to getting this franchise back on its feet.

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