Former Buffalo Bills starting quarterback J.P. Losman is reportedly headed to the United Football League to become the starting quarterback of the Las Vegas franchise.
Losman was not resigned by the Bills in the off-season and was not a serious candidate for any of the backup jobs in the NFL. The Bills open up the NFL regular season on Monday, September 14th as they visit the New England Patriots. The Bills are 10 point underdogs in NFL odds at the sports book in their opener in a game that will be televised on ESPN.
NFL betting statistics show that Losman completed 558 of 941 passes for 6,211 yards, 33 TDs and 34 interceptions in his NFL career. Whenever a quarterback has more interceptions than touchdowns it is definitely a problem and it is obvious that no team wanted to take a shot with him in 2009. He should get some excellent coaching in the UFL though. Jim Fassel is the head coach in Las Vegas and he has had a knack of developing quarterbacks in the past. Other head coaches in the UFL include Dennis Green in San Francisco, Jim Haslett in Orlando and Ted Cottrell in New York.
It was just three seasons ago that Losman was leading the Buffalo Bills and was the 11th rated quarterback in the league as NFL betting stats showed. Now Losman will play under Fassel in a six-game UFL season and have a chance to show NFL people he can still produce. Losman is just 28 years old and should be in the prime of his career. Las Vegas drafted some other notable former NFL players including defensive back Adam Archuleta, defensive tackle Wendell Bryant and linebacker Gary Stills. Orlando drafted former Bengal Chris Perry while B.J. Sams was drafted by San Francisco.
Two other former Buffalo players were drafted by the UFL as NFL betting information shows. Orlando drafted defensive linemen Larry Tripplett and Eric Powell. Tripplett had 68 tackles, 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception in 32 games as NFL betting statistics indicated. He was released before last season and did not play in the league. Powell has not played since the 2007 season.
Buffalo is considered a longshot this season in NFL odds at the sportsbook even though they did add wide receiver Terrell Owens in the off-season to pair with starting quarterback Trent Edwards.