By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

Quinn Early – Signed by the Bills in 1996

The Bills had a problem at wide receiver going into the 1996 season. They thought they might be short-handed at the position. Andre Reed was coming off a season in which he had injury issues, and Bill Brooks was about to depart for Washington. Another quality target for quarterback Jim Kelly was needed.

As it turned out, Buffalo found two such players. Eric Moulds was the team’s first draft pick, and he was a keeper. In addition, Quinn Early was available on the free agent market. He agreed to a four-year, $8.8 million contract.

Early had started his career in San Diego but found a home for a while in New Orleans. He had 82 catches for the Saints in 1994, and 81 more in 1995. The Bills scooped him up and he had two good seasons in Buffalo (50 and 60 receptions respectively). But Early’s production dropped off in 1998 (19 catches), and he was dropped from the roster in an effort to save money with the salary cap. The wide receiver spent the last season of his career with the Jets in 1999.

Here’s one of Quinn’s most memorable plays:

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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has been involved in almost every aspect of the local sports scene for the last 40 years. He worked for WEBR Radio, the Buffalo Sabres' public relations department and The Buffalo News during that time. In that time he covered virtually every aspect of the area's sports world, from high schools to the Bills and Sabres and everything in between. Along the way, Budd served as a play-by-play announcer for the Bisons, an analyst for the Stallions, and a talk-show host. He won the National Lacrosse League's Tom Borrelli Award as the media personality of the year in 2011, and was a finalist for that same award in 2017. Budd's seventh and eighth books, one on the Transcontinental Railroad and the other about Ichiro Suzuki, are scheduled to be released in the fall.

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