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Jameis Winston a pipe dream for QB-needy Bills

Jameis Winston's long-anticipated decision to declare for the draft has the NFL world buzzing Wednesday.

But for the Buffalo Bills, specifically, it doesn't mean much.

Winston is a pipe dream for the quarterback-needy Bills, who must find another way to fill their gaping hole at the position this offseason.

There's little doubt that the Bills could use Winston, considered with Marcus Mariota to be one of the top prospects in April's draft. Since Kyle Orton retired last week, the Bills have just EJ Manuel and Jeff Tuel on their roster.

General manager Doug Whaley -- whose own future was in doubt when the Bills were courting Bill Polian last week -- is now involved in the hiring of a new head coach. According to a report from Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News, Whaley is trying to sell Manuel to prospective coaching candidates.

Good luck with that.

Whaley's options to lift the Bills out of quarterback purgatory were limited by his own actions: a risky trade of the team's 2015 first-round pick in last year's draft-day trade for WR Sammy Watkins.

As a result, the Bills won't select until 50th -- more than halfway through the second round -- this April. That gives them a microscopic chance of landing Winston, even if they were somehow able to trade up into the first round.

Say what you want about Winston, but he'd be among the Bills' best options to start at quarterback next season.

Too bad it will never happen.