By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

No. 96: April 24, 2004The 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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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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