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After losing starting job, Bills' Losman wants to be traded

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Bills quarterback J.P. Losman wants out of
Buffalo, unhappy with how he lost his starting job to rookie Trent Edwards this past season.

Losman's agent, Gary Wichard, told The Associated Press on
Friday that his client would prefer to be traded, but added Losman
would play out the final year of his contract if necessary. Wichard
said he has not yet spoken to the Bills because the team is seeking
a new general manager after Marv Levy stepped down earlier this
week.

Whether the Bills choose to keep Losman, Wichard said he didn't
see any chance of Losman remaining with the team after next season.

"That ship has sailed, my friend," Wichard said. "Hopefully,
they do something this year. And if not, we'll just walk away after
next year."

Wichard said he spoke out now because he knew how unhappy his
client is. He said he and Losman didn't want to air their views
during the season so not to cause a distraction to the team.

Losman declined numerous interview requests over the final weeks
of the season, and also after Bills players cleaned out their
lockers Monday after a 7-9 finish, in which Buffalo missed the
playoffs for a franchise record eighth consecutive season.

"I give him credit for handling this thing the way he has,"
Wichard said. "But at the end, he said, 'I'm out of here.'"

The Bills were not immediately available for comment.

Bills owner Ralph Wilson has previously said the team has not
made a decision on Losman's future, and didn't rule out the
possibility of the player returning for one more year.

Noting the number of starters hurt this season, Wilson told The
AP last month that it might be important for the Bills to keep two
experienced players.

The Bills, however, are high on Edwards, the third-round draft
pick out of Stanford, who is expected to return as the starter
despite an up-and-down season.

Edwards went 2-3 to finish the year after reclaiming the
starting job for a second time from Losman. Edwards took over the
first time in Week 3 after Losman sprained his knee during the
first series of a 38-7 loss at New England.

Losman reclaimed the starting job after Edwards sprained his
throwing hand five weeks later in a 13-3 win at the New York Jets.
Losman, who rallied the Bills to beat the Jets, went 2-2 in his
next four starts before losing the job again.

Wichard said Losman was unhappy by the lack of support the team
provided him.

"He knows they bailed on him," Wichard said. "Nobody would
ever say, 'J.P., you're our quarterback.' They said it was a
week-to-week job. He was waiting to be yanked. And that's what
eventually happened."

Wichard said it was disappointing particularly after Losman
showed promise in leading the team to a 7-9 finish in 16 starts
last year. Losman also finished 13th in the NFL with a 89.7 passer
rating.

In eight appearances this year, including seven starts, Losman
finished with slightly better numbers than Edwards. Losman
completed 63.4 percent of his passes and finished with a 76.9
rating, as opposed to Edwards, who had a 56.1 completion percentage
and 70.4 rating.

Losman, though, had only four touchdowns and six interceptions,
while Edwards had seven TDs and was intercepted eight times.

The quarterback carousel contributed to the Bills finishing 31st
in the NFL in yards gained. Buffalo's offense produced only 20
touchdowns, setting a franchise low for a 16-game season. The Bills
are also searching for a new offensive coordinator after Steve
Fairchild was hired to take over at Colorado State.

Losman was the second of Buffalo's two first-round picks in the
2004 draft, and cost the team plenty. The Bills gave up three draft
picks, including a 2005 first-round selection, in order to trade
back into the first round and select Losman 22nd overall.