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Bills could avoid most of Fitzpatrick’s new deal

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The Bills may be regretting the decision to give quarterback Ryan Fitzpatick a six-year, $59 million deal.

If they are, they can walk away from nearly $49 million of it after the season.

Per a league source, the Bills could trade or cut Fitzpatrick before the seventh day of the 2012 league year and owe him nothing further than the $3.22 million base salary he was already due to earn in 2011 and the $10 million signing bonus he was paid upon inking the new deal last month.

On the seventh day of the 2012 league year, the Bills owe Fitzpatrick a $5 million option bonus.  If they don’t exercise the option, Fitzpatrick’s base salary for 2012 would increase from $2.8 million to $7.8 million, and it would be fully guaranteed for injury only.

In 2013, Fitzpatrick has a $3 million roster bonus, which also is guaranteed for injury only, along with a base salary of $4.25 million, $3.2 million of which is guaranteed for injury only.

In 2014, there’s another $3 million roster bonus (non-guaranteed) and a non-guaranteed base salary of $4.35 million.

For 2015, 2016, and 2017 Fitzpatrick has non-guaranteed base salaries of $7.2 million, $8.75 million, and $9.45 million, respectively.

Though there’s no reason to believe — yet — that the Bills will move on, the point for now is that, if they choose to do so, they will avoid a bunch of money that either isn’t guaranteed at all, or that is guaranteed for injury only.

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68 Responses to “Bills could avoid most of Fitzpatrick’s new deal”
  1. tilllman40 says: Nov 21, 2011 4:31 PM

    Lol not happening.

  2. raylewisandhisteeth says: Nov 21, 2011 4:33 PM

    Ouch. Where is Trent Edwards?

  3. rpiotr01 says: Nov 21, 2011 4:34 PM

    Forward this article to Ryan Fitzpatrick. He’ll throw 5 TDs next week.

  4. rayala3 says: Nov 21, 2011 4:34 PM

    The Bills were playing way better than they really are and Fritz got paid. Back to being the 3rd best team in NY.

  5. peytonwantsaflag says: Nov 21, 2011 4:36 PM

    “The Bills may be regretting the decision to give quarterback Ryan Fitzpatick a six-year, $59 million deal”
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    Sounds like political speak – they haven’t really given him anything yet right? And if part of the deal is that they can NOT exercise an option if they don’t take that option then that’s not really avoiding anything is it? it’s just exercising one of the options that was agreed to.

  6. autumnwind999 says: Nov 21, 2011 4:36 PM

    The Bills and Fitzpatrick’s unraveling have been really shocking. I mean, all of a sudden they’re getting killed by bad teams. What’s up with that?

    Fitzpatrick trying to do too much / under too much pressure to live up to that monster contract?

  7. emoney12 says: Nov 21, 2011 4:36 PM

    Let’s not wait till the 7th day of the 2012 league year. Do it now. The guy can’t hit a 5 yard slant for his life. And he’s getting his receivers killed.

  8. dino2997 says: Nov 21, 2011 4:36 PM

    The Bills aren’t losing because of Ryan Fitzpatrick. However they did win earlier this season because of him and of course the defense causing turnovers.

  9. denverwally says: Nov 21, 2011 4:38 PM

    Wow, sign a guy for almost 60 million dollars, and 3 weeks later trying to figure a way to get out of the contract?
    We must be talking about Buffalo.

  10. ortonwhiskeycrew says: Nov 21, 2011 4:39 PM

    buyer’s remorse

  11. thesportsguy52 says: Nov 21, 2011 4:39 PM

    Can we give this guy a full season trial before we call him a fluke and a one-hit-wonder? He had a great first half of the season, and while he has been bad lately, when did it become alright to so quickly lose patience in offensive players and systems? Let’s remember that this Bills team wasn’t expected by many to win 5 games TOTAL this season…

  12. marvsleezy says: Nov 21, 2011 4:40 PM

    The only team in NY – the other 2 play in Jersey.

  13. dopeonthetable says: Nov 21, 2011 4:40 PM

    So this is essentially the deal McNabb signed with the Redskins last year.

  14. renaissanceman87 says: Nov 21, 2011 4:45 PM

    Marc Bulger, part 2?

  15. grogansheroes says: Nov 21, 2011 4:48 PM

    Bills fans crowing about first place a month ago, Watch out, cause last place looks like a very real chance.

  16. semperfi24 says: Nov 21, 2011 4:49 PM

    dino2997 says: Nov 21, 2011 4:36 PM

    The Bills aren’t losing because of Ryan Fitzpatrick. However they did win earlier this season because of him and of course the defense causing turnovers.
    _________________________________

    So Fitz had nothing to do with the 7 possessions of 3 plays or less against the Dolphins?

  17. billsfaninmiami says: Nov 21, 2011 4:51 PM

    Truthfully – I’d like to see the Bills bust a move to get A. Luck. It’s been since Jim Kelly that the Bills have had a ‘real’ QB. We ain’t winning now.
    Got 2 do something long term…

  18. moonischasinme says: Nov 21, 2011 4:52 PM

    It starts and ends with the offensive line. Check the tapes. When the line played well, Fitz played well.

  19. trbowman says: Nov 21, 2011 4:52 PM

    I can see the Bills struggles in recent weeks have all the naysayers about Fitz saying “I told you so.”

    Nevermind the fact that the offensive line has been in flux in recent weeks. Oh, and of bigger concern, the defense putting the team in a huge hole by the end of the first quarter.

    Fitz will be the Bills QB for a long time.

  20. worldsgreatest says: Nov 21, 2011 4:56 PM

    Why do people keep saying the Dolphins are a bad team? Obviously they are pretty decent at this point in the season. Its tough to win three games in a row in the NFL, let alone by a margin of almost 30 points.

    They aren’t a bad team.

  21. brutus9448 says: Nov 21, 2011 4:57 PM

    too bad jp losman is a backup at miami

  22. n0hopeleft says: Nov 21, 2011 4:57 PM

    Get him an offensive line.

  23. SOBEIT says: Nov 21, 2011 4:59 PM

    So which is the worse contract…Fitz or Vick! I would say Vick because I have not read about any out clauses for the Eagles. At least the Bills were smart enough to have a safety net!

    I have not watched enough of Fitz, but if he has any promise (which is why he got the contract in the first place right?), the Bills need to seriously think about their decision. If the Niners cut ties with Smith, where would they be this year? But then again there are only so many Harbaugh’s to go around.

  24. thefnlimit says: Nov 21, 2011 4:59 PM

    This talk is ridiculous. Fitz is a good quarterback on a mediocre at best team. They were overachiving early on and are now coming back to reality. Granted I don’t think they are as bad as they played against Miami but cut the guy a break. Give it some time, the media is so quick to overeact.

  25. tatum064 says: Nov 21, 2011 5:00 PM

    They should’ve waited on Fitz, and got Action Jackson’s deal done.

    Now, they go into the offseason bereft of any QB, unless they go into free agency (see Orton, Jason Campbell)

  26. stanmark says: Nov 21, 2011 5:04 PM

    Buffalo’s starting O line in Week 11: LT Hairston, LG Rinehart, C Levitre, RG Urbik, RT Pears. How many of them were original starters at that position? NONE. The injuries to the O-Line have crippled the Bills offense, and would do the same to any team. Fitz doesn’t have enough time in the pocket, and we all saw what he can do when HE DOES have enough time in there.

  27. n0hopeleft says: Nov 21, 2011 5:04 PM

    I live in NJ.
    My team is called the NY Giants.
    However, they play in the state of NJ.

    WHOOOPADDY DOOOODAHHHHH!

    Giants: 3
    Jets: 1
    Bills: 0

    Washington Redskins don’t play in Washington.
    Dallas Cowboys don’t play in Dallas.

    WHO CARES!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. borisbulldog says: Nov 21, 2011 5:04 PM

    Fitzpatrick, like BUF is a flash in the pan!

    Looks like they’re heading for an 8-8 season again!

  29. bigfranky75 says: Nov 21, 2011 5:08 PM

    Was Fitz on the field for Dallas’ first 4 posessions that lead to TD’s last week?

    Or was he on the field for Miami’s first 3 possessions this week that lead to TD’s?

    Last I checked, Fitz doesnt play defense… so he isnt to blame for the Epic Collapse of 2011.

  30. mogogo1 says: Nov 21, 2011 5:11 PM

    If they’re already second-guessing themselves, there’s no need to feel sorry for them. This is how bad teams remain bad for years and years–they constantly change horses in mid-stream and second guess every decision before there’s been time to fully analyze it.

  31. rabidbillsfan says: Nov 21, 2011 5:12 PM

    Actually, Fitz can hit a 5yrd slant, it’s just that his recivers don’t catch them. Yesterday was his worst game of the season, as far as missing throws go. He missed alot high, but how much of that was him, and how much was him rushing becuase of a bad snap? It’s also a pretty predictable offense. Screen to Freddie, Slant to Stevie, Dig to Nelson, and Hook to Chandler. He will rebound, will it be this season? Probaly not, since we will be fielding Pee-Wee players the rest of the season. Let’s get him another true threat at receiver (sorry DJ, get well, but I would prefer you stay home most sundays) and see where this goes. Wasting a high pick on a QB will set this team back, if anything Fitz is a game manager at worst with some weapons, and then we can spend those premium picks on some much needed defensive upgrades. I may get roasted for this, but maybe T.OB-LO 2.0 could help this team out of it’s funk.

  32. jagerbolt says: Nov 21, 2011 5:14 PM

    Please tell me there is an option where if he ever shaves his epic beard that he loses at least a million.

  33. lorddarkhelmet says: Nov 21, 2011 5:14 PM

    The team is absolutely destroyed with injuries and WRs/TEs were nothing to write home about in the first place. Give this guy and offensive line and some talent around him and he will be just fine. Notice Fred Jackson’s play gas taken a drastic downturn at the exact same time. It’s obviously not the money, it’s the blocking

  34. mcjon22 says: Nov 21, 2011 5:15 PM

    Unfortunately for Buffalo, he’s still the best QB they’ve had since Jim Kelly.

  35. andrewfbrowne says: Nov 21, 2011 5:15 PM

    The Bills were playing way better than they really are and Fritz got paid. Back to being the 3rd best team in NY.

    ________________________________

    Funny considering the other two both play exclusively in NJ and the Jets do not even have offices in NY. The only part of the Jets that involves NY is their name and Marketing plan.

  36. 808raiderinparadise says: Nov 21, 2011 5:21 PM

    Well …. I would take that contract to throw EVERY SINGLE PASS under 5 yards.

  37. theduuuuuuuuuude says: Nov 21, 2011 5:28 PM

    Fitzpatrick has been the closest thing to a real QB in Buffalo since Flutie. Can’t believe there are Bills fans that are already jumping off the bandwagon. Anyone who says that he hasn’t surpassed his expectations coming into this season is lying to themselves. It goes without saying that the AFC east is a tough division (with the exception of Miami), let the young QB have a little time to turn this team around before you start running him out of town.

    Or you could cut him and sign J.P. Losman again. Who would you rather have Buffalo?

  38. stevepany says: Nov 21, 2011 5:35 PM

    He is NOT that good!!!!!! Why do you think Cincy cut him and the Rams cut him? Because he was a star? Also we met him and he was not that nice. Get out of town and take that stupid beard with you

  39. towniesman says: Nov 21, 2011 5:36 PM

    cut your loses man he is awful

  40. theprofesser says: Nov 21, 2011 5:38 PM

    I was a believer of Fitzpatrick and thought he was really worth his contract but lately he looks like a different guy. I know his offensive line is not 100% but damn he has one of the hottest RB’s in the league. He’ll end up either being cut or restructuring his contract and riding shotgun after the draft.

  41. jbyrd31 says: Nov 21, 2011 5:38 PM

    This is stupid. While that contract is more than what he’s really worth, it isn’t all his fault that he’s having bad games. His recievers can’t catch (both interceptions Sunday bounced off recievers hands), the O-line is different every week, and Donald Jones would be #5 or 6 on most teams, not starting. It’s been 3 bad games, let’s not rush things

  42. tdk24 says: Nov 21, 2011 5:51 PM

    This is why the media should not overhype a player because of what they did the first 4 or 5 weeks of a season. They still play 16 games you know. 4-0 don’t mean jack $hit.

  43. Nevis says: Nov 21, 2011 6:09 PM

    Never fell for the Bills.

    An improved team, probably have a good future, but never once did I think they would ultimately be a noise-maker.

    This downturn should surprise no one.

  44. zerophocus says: Nov 21, 2011 6:13 PM

    Those who think he should he cut are doing the same thing those thought he should be paid 60 million did. Overreacting over a few short weeks of work.

  45. 4512dawg4512 says: Nov 21, 2011 6:14 PM

    What are they going to bring Brian Brohm back in? Good luck with that

  46. 808raiderinparadise says: Nov 21, 2011 6:18 PM

    Good thing he has a degree from Harvard.

  47. rabidmike says: Nov 21, 2011 6:18 PM

    Problem solved. The Bills trade Fitzparick to the Chiefs. The Chiefs trade Cassel to the Cardinals, the Cardinals trade Kolb to the Broncos, the Broncos trade TEBOW to the Bills. Everyone is happy. Everyone accept the Bills, Chiefs, Cards and Broncos.

  48. stanmark says: Nov 21, 2011 6:22 PM

    Let’s put this in perspective for the no nothing trolls. Buffalo’s starting O line in Week 11: LT Hairston, LG Rinehart, C Levitre, RG Urbik, RT Pears. How many of them were original starters at that position? NONE. The injuries to the O-Line have crippled the Bills offense, and would do the same to any team. Fitz doesn’t have enough time in the pocket, and we all saw what he can do when HE DOES have enough time in there.
    A good start for next week is moving Levitre back to LG and Urbik back to C. Levitre has proven to be playable at LG. On a related note, this story is a sad, sad play by the writers.

  49. rarson says: Nov 21, 2011 6:31 PM

    If I had over 13 million guaranteed, I wouldn’t be worried at all. That’d be enough to last me the rest of my life, and then some.

  50. seatownballers says: Nov 21, 2011 7:02 PM

    Chill out. Bills are done this year. Get some defensive help, and with an healthy oline you’ll be taking division next year

  51. drew05 says: Nov 21, 2011 7:47 PM

    The ball stopped bouncing directly to George “the Senator” Wilson…and the rest of his over-matched defenders?

    Fitz can’t throw the ball down-field, and the luck has run out. It was only a matter of time.

    Go Eagles.

  52. rabidbillsfan says: Nov 21, 2011 7:52 PM

    @Stanmark

    Dude, I know your trying to get a point across, but your point is wrong. Urbik and Pears have been starters on the right side all season long. And Levitre isn’t just servicable at LG, he was having an All-Pro season there.

  53. lilrob10201 says: Nov 21, 2011 8:07 PM

    raylewisandhisteeth says:
    Nov 21, 2011 4:33 PM
    Ouch. Where is Trent Edwards?
    —————————————-
    Trying to get a spot on the Texans roster.

  54. alexexum12 says: Nov 21, 2011 8:08 PM

    Poor guy. Hate to say it but they need to move on.

  55. lilrob10201 says: Nov 21, 2011 8:09 PM

    So if the Bills would trade him or cut him.Tell me who would be there QB ?Doing that would be crazy because doing that would just make this team worse instead of helping it.

  56. stanmark says: Nov 21, 2011 8:39 PM

    @rabid, im well aware of where pears and urbik started the season, and well aware of where they were in pre-season. and well aware of where they were after weeks 4 and 5. i’ve also been levitre’s biggest fan the entire season. he was just as good at LG as he was at LT.
    instead of going ticky tack on who was at RG or RT the point needs to be hear regarding the o-line being entirely different than earlier in the year. this is a fact. and this would be a plaguing problem for any team in the NFL.
    so when some yahoo barfs out some dribble about how Fitzpatrick is overpaid and babbles on about how the bills stink, be assured, i will correct them.

  57. stevincinci says: Nov 21, 2011 9:19 PM

    Talkin’ about jumping off the bandwagon. A few weeks ago he was the hidden Harvard prodigy, now people are wondering when he’ll get cut. I guess his Harvard education paid off. He’s guaranteed 10 mil today that he wasn’t guaranteed at the beginning of the season. Smart dude.

  58. phinfan says: Nov 21, 2011 9:54 PM

    Giving up that fast? geesh

  59. swagger52 says: Nov 21, 2011 10:20 PM

    The Bills should have waited until they lost the Superbowl wide right, before they showed Fitz the money.

  60. dan7800 says: Nov 21, 2011 11:54 PM

    The Bills were playing way better than they really are and Fritz got paid. Back to being the 3rd best team in NY.

    *************

    The Bills are still the best team in NY. The Giants/Jets are the best teams in NJ.

  61. jpmelon says: Nov 22, 2011 12:55 AM

    You can’t place all the blame on Fitz when he’s not even getting the ball snapped properly. The Bills had no depth at O-Line and it shows now that a few injuries are mounting up.

    It’s heartbreaking to see the season get thrown away when it seemed like there was so much promise. I hope we keep Fitz….there is no way the Bills will be able to draft Luck….Fitz is still the second best quarterback in the AFC East….so I hope they try to draft and/or sign some quality linemen to support Fitz and build on what they’ve started this year.

  62. blackbug99 says: Nov 22, 2011 12:58 AM

    LOl, your center’s a guard who knows who is playing guard…Not to demean the last losses for the Bills, they sucked……………….Shave the beard for a win…whatever it takes. Harvard you’re way to smart to totally F this up!

  63. blackbug99 says: Nov 22, 2011 7:28 AM

    Fitz is getting a mid-level salary. And, until the O-line was decimated, was earning every penny! Our D is the major problem! How often can you give up 30+(even before they were ailing) and expect to win a game?

    @raylewisandhisteeth
    Ouch. Where is Trent Edwards?
    ———————————————-
    No-one cares!

    @rayala3
    The Bills were playing way better than they really are and Fritz got paid. Back to being the 3rd best team in NY.
    ————————————————–
    Technically, we’re the only team in NY! And, like most of the country, I imagine, we are tired of the hot air always blowing out of NYC.

    @denverwally
    Wow, sign a guy for almost 60 million dollars, and 3 weeks later trying to figure a way to get out of the contract?
    We must be talking about Buffalo.
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    Too funny!!! A Denver fan commenting on QB issues!!!

  64. bangitfootball says: Nov 22, 2011 8:04 AM

    The Browns and the Eagles are looking at the Chris Johnson and Fitzpatrick contracts and are gonna release Peyton Hillis and DeSean Jackson at the end of the year.

  65. gmen1987 says: Nov 22, 2011 8:07 AM

    billsfaninmiami says:
    Nov 21, 2011 4:51 PM
    Truthfully – I’d like to see the Bills bust a move to get A. Luck. It’s been since Jim Kelly that the Bills have had a ‘real’ QB. We ain’t winning now.
    Got 2 do something long term…

    ————————————————–The Bills are not going to get Andrew Luck. They have nothing to give up.

    The Buffalo Bills. The NFL’s welfare case.

  66. jpaq68 says: Nov 22, 2011 8:25 AM

    The Bills were playing way better than they really are and Fritz got paid. Back to being the 3rd best team in NY.

    *************

    The Bills are still the best team in NY. The Giants/Jets are the best teams in NJ.

    *************

    Nah, I’m sure there are one or two High School teams that are better than the Bills

  67. stanmark says: Nov 22, 2011 12:46 PM

    gmen1987 you have to be joking. we all know its more like:
    The NY Giants. Pride of New Jersey.

    Ps, Revenue sharing and the viability of all franchises have been cornerstones of the league since the NFL’s construction. You need an education on how many small market teams benefit from the new CBA, especially WHICH teams benefit. You can achieve this by reading instead of barfing out the same tired dribble on every Bills story.

  68. davedems says: Nov 22, 2011 5:11 PM

    To all the people saying the Bills are second guessing themselves, did you read the article? Nowhere does it say the Bills have any intentions to get out of the deal. All the article says is IF the Bills wanted to ditch Fitzpatrick they could without being hurt too much financially.

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