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By Joe Buscaglia
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Report: Bills Believe Newton is Their Franchise QB

The quickly spreading thought that the Buffalo Bills will take a quarterback with the third overall pick just had even more fuel added to it.

Tony Softli, who once was the Vice President of Player Personnel of the St. Louis Rams, is now a personality for the powerhouse sports station in St. Louis -- ESPN 101. Softli has also interviewed to be the General Manager of the San Francisco 49ers, so to say he's connected with league executives would be a bit of an understatement.

With that, Softli also is a contributing writer to, and outlined what he thinks the Rams may be looking at when they're on the clock with the 14th pick. It's a draft preview article of sorts, but there's also an interesting nugget of information hidden in there about the Buffalo Bills.

Here's an excerpt from Softli's column:

"But, don’t be surprised if quarterback-friendly head coach Chan Gailey makes a hard play for Newton if he is still on the board. Sources say they feel he is the franchise quarterback for the Bills' organization and would have time to develop because of Fitzpatrick’s presence on the roster."

Here's the full article from 101ESPN.

You can argue that the report from Don Banks yesterday could have been merely a smokescreen laid out by Bills head coach Chan Gailey, but you cannot ignore a former NFL front office member saying sources (and that's plural) believe Buffalo thinks Auburn QB Cam Newton is the franchise quarterback they're looking for.

Connected sources I've spoken with also come away with the same sentiments. I know he's a controversial person, and I definitely know it's either you love him or hate him. But whichever side you land on, if he's there at the third overall pick, I think there's a great chance that the Bills bring Newton to One Bills Drive.

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