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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Alex Smith won't be the Bills' QB of the future

Alex Smith, one of the top veteran quarterbacks expected to be available this offseason, won't be joining the Bills. He was traded from Kansas City to Washington late Tuesday, reportedly netting a third-round pick and an unknown player in return. The trade can't become official until the new league year begins in March.

Smith is seen as a better passer than Tyrod Taylor, which intrigued some Bills fans, but his limitations made others feel like the Bills dodged a bullet by Smith landing elsewhere. Smith also reportedly agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $94 million, including $71 million in guaranteed money, as part of the deal, which seems like a lot for a player of his caliber.

It would've been difficult, though not impossible, for the Bills to fit his contract under the salary cap next season, which makes it seem less likely that they'll be in play for Kirk Cousins, the previous Washington quarterback who will certainly command more money than Smith.

Frank Reich looking to avoid going 0-6 in Super Bowls: Reich, the prominent backup QB on the Bills' Super Bowl teams, went 0 for 4 in the big game as a player and lost one as the Colts' quarterbacks coach in 2009. Now the Eagles' offensive coordinator, he's trying to end his winless record against the Patriots.

Jerry Sullivan: Pats embrace the undrafted and underestimated: The Patriots have 18 players on their 53-man roster who came into the league as undrafted free agents. That's incredible.

Bills hire John Butler as new defensive backs coach: The Bills replaced Gill Byrd in a bit of a surprise, bringing in John Butler to coach DBs. Butler, a former high school teammate of head coach Sean McDermott, spent four seasons with Texans prior to joining the Bills and is a former defensive coordinator at Penn State. Google searches do not indicate he has any relation to John Butler, the Bills' GM of the Super Bowl era.



Former Bills receiver Chris Hogan reaps rewards of the Patriot standard: Tom Brady mentioned this week that the sport of lacrosse is one of four things he knows that can make Patriots coach Bill Belichick smile, so maybe it's no wonder former Bills receiver Chris Hogan has fit in so well. Hogan famously played lacrosse in college as well as football, which television announcers apparently can't help but repeat. (The other things may make Belichick smile are the U.S. Navy, the branch in which his father served, and later coached football for; Bon Jovi, the rocker and friend of Belichick who once tried to buy the Bills; and Lawrence Taylor, the Hall-of-Fame defender who is one of Belichick's favorite players.)

Post-Senior Bowl Mock Draft Roundup for Bills' first-round picks: Still not a lot of mock drafts have the Bills taking a QB. Strange.

All-time Top 5 Bills centers: With Eric Wood's retirement seemingly impending, where does he rank among the team's all-time centers?

Who is new Bills defensive line coach Bill Teerlinck?: A look at the former Chadron State linebacker who is the Bills' new D-line coach.

Brady backs radio host: After leaving a radio show this week because a member of the station had made a disparaging comment about his daughter, Tom Brady said he hopes the radio host isn't fired.

Daily Drive Podcast: What does Wood's loss mean for Richie Incognito?

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