"This is a really big thing," Petty said. "... I'm hoping that any time (a team) meets with you, it's a level of interest -- you're not going to talk to somebody you're not interested in. I really think this is a level of interest (with the Bills) that might be more so than others. But who knows?
"... It could just be fodder or a ploy to get other teams riled up. I guess we'll see tonight."
It's no secret that the Bills might be ready to move on from the EJ Manuel experiment under center and traded for Matt Cassel last month to shore things up at quarterback. With no first-round pick this year, the team won't have a chance to land either of the top two signal-callers available -- Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota -- but could be in the mix to select someone like Petty in the second or third round.
Many consider Petty to be the third-best quarterback in the draft. By meeting with him just a couple of days before the draft kicks off in Chicago, the Bills are making it clear that they could be interested in taking the former Baylor star. Smokescreens can't be ruled out this time of year, but if the Bills' interest isn't legitimate, they're going to awfully great lengths to create a mirage.