Bledsoe might not be worth big bucks

Should Drew Bledsoe continue to perform like an average quarterback, the Bills will search for a replacement.

Updated: November 11, 2003, 12:45 PM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | NFL Insider
Through the first eight games last season, Drew Bledsoe was on pace to break Dan Marino's single-season yardage record and everyone was talking about how the Buffalo Bills basically stole him from the New England Patriots. But everyone has seen a far different Bledsoe over the last 17 games.

No longer are they seeing the confident Bledsoe, who could shred defenses with his big arm. Now they're being treated to the skittish, immobile Bledsoe, who has little pocket presence and can't escape from the pressure. This is the Bledsoe that so may Pats fans remember seeing since midway through the 1999 season.

Drew Bledsoe
APDrew Bledsoe might be playing himself out of Buffalo.
In those last 17 games, Bledsoe is 7-10. But a look back over his last 51 games paints an even bleaker picture of his standing among his peers. Over that span, the former No.1 draft pick has a 19-32 record and a passer rating of 76.1. Not the numbers that would warrant a robust salary.