For months, general manager Buddy Nix and coach Chan Gailey mentioned another quarterback would be added to the mix either through the draft or free agency.
The only way Edwards would not appear doomed is if the Bills drafted a quarterback in the late rounds Saturday.
Had they taken a quarterback within the first three rounds, the Bills would be compelled to play the rookie. Had they picked up a veteran, he likely would've been someone with a real chance to win the job.
The Bills filled out their depth chart in the seventh round, drafting Levi Brown from Troy University. He will join Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm, but probably won't factor into the open competition.
"We wanted a developmental guy, a guy that we can be working along and let him develop," Nix said Saturday afternoon.
"Never batted an eye," Nix said. "Just went right on. I mean, obviously, you talk about them, and we did discuss one or two. ... But we just didn’t think it was best for us at this time."
Gailey all but confirmed the Bills wouldn't add another quarterback between now and training camp.
In this scenario, Edwards is the leading candidate to regain the job. The fourth-year pro from Stanford regressed last season, but he still seems to have all the physical tools. Gailey, an offensive guru, might help Edwards put everything together.
Brown is a pocket passer. Scouts Inc. projected him as a fourth-round pick and the seventh-best quarterback in the draft, ahead of Central Michigan's Dan LeFevour and Northwestern's Michael Kafka. The Chicago Bears took LeFevour in the sixth round. The Philadelphia Eagles selected Kafka in the fourth.
Brown was the 13th quarterback off the board, although the Minnesota Vikings took Alabama-Birmingham's Joe Webb in the sixth round to use him at receiver.
"I believe he's been undervalued all along," NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said. "He was invited to the combine, but only as a throwing quarterback [for receiver drills], not a participant. I liked him on tape, and feel like he has a chance to be a very solid backup quarterback."
Nix was asked if the Bills made the decision to pick up a quarterback so late because they'd rather take their chances in 2011, when the class is considered to be deeper.
"There is some good prospects next year," Nix said. "But that's not what made the decision for us. Our goal is for a top guy to come out of this pack. That's what we want, and that's what we're going to work toward."