By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist
No. 96: April 24, 2004 – The Bills trade a second-round draft choice in 2004 (Julius Jones), a fourth-round draft choice in 2004 (Sean Ryan), and a first-round draft choice in 2005 (Marcus Spears) to Dallas for a first-round draft choice in 2004 (J.P. Losman).
The Bills had used Drew Bledsoe as their starting quarterback for three years as of the spring of 2004. He had gotten off to a sensational start, but his play had fallen off a bit after that. Buffalo badly needed someone as a replacement down the road, and thought J.P. Losman could be that player. The Bills traded up in the draft to get him.
Losman sat on the bench in 2004, and then had the starting job in 2005 – for a while. He only started nine games that season. The next year was his best – 16 starts and 17 touchdown passes. But by 2007, Losman had lost his starting job to Trent Edwards.
Losman had brief stops in Oakland and Miami after his departure from Buffalo. Jones had a 1,000-yard season rushing for the Cowboys, while Spears had a six-year run as a defensive starter in Dallas.
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