Josh Allen is drawing rave reviews in his first practices with the Buffalo Bills — not that surprising for a 6’5 quarterback who can throw a ball close to 90 yards — but he’s already cost one person in Buffalo a job.
Ryan Gates, a radio producer for WGR 550 in Buffalo, promised in March he would leave the station if the team drafted Allen with Baker Mayfield or Josh Rosen still available.
I just on the air that I'll quit if they draft Allen with Rosen or Mayfield on the board— Ryan Gates Job Acceptor (@quitter_ryan) March 13, 2018
The tweet came four days after the Bills traded Tyrod Taylor to the Cleveland Browns, leaving Nathan Peterman as the only quarterback on the roster. A day after Gates’ tweet, Buffalo signed AJ McCarron, the team’s likely starter for Week 1.
The Bills drafting a quarterback wasn’t at all surprising, but Gates was extremely confident the team couldn’t possibly like Allen more than other quarterback prospects. Too confident.
With Rosen still available, Buffalo traded up to No. 7 overall where they took Allen. Mayfield was the No. 1 pick and Rosen went a few picks after Allen at No. 10 overall to the Cardinals.
On Monday, he tweeted that he’s following through with the promise and “joining the corporate world.”
To those wondering if we are playing some sort of long con about my future at WGR, we are not. Friday will be my last day as a producer for Schopp and the Bulldog. Thursday will be my last day as host of The Nightcap.— Ryan Gates Job Acceptor (@quitter_ryan) June 4, 2018
I will remain a part-time contributor to the station.
I'm joining the corporate world. I am a man of my word and it is because of Josh Allen.— Ryan Gates Job Acceptor (@quitter_ryan) June 4, 2018
Last week, Browns coach Hue Jackson followed through on a promise to jump into Lake Erie for somehow not improving a 1-15 team. In April, a Cleveland radio host said he’d “eat horse poop” if the Browns drafted Baker Mayfield — something he still hasn’t done and really shouldn’t. Just don’t eat poop, please.
But a career change might be the most significant promise we’ve seen someone follow through on. You have to respect Gates’ integrity, but the moral of the story here is to stop making sports guarantees, especially ones involving the NFL Draft.