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Bills don’t sound sold on Fitzpatrick’s future

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The Bills have a decision to make soon on quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, and they’re not ready to say he’s part of their future.

Bills president Russ Brandon declined comment when asked by Tim Graham of the Buffalo News if Fitzpatrick’s roster spot was safe, deferring to general manager Buddy Nix and coach Doug Marrone and the ever-popular “evaluation” period that seems so common among teams making uncomfortable decisions.

Fitzpatrick is due a $3 million roster bonus in March, but Brandon said the Bills have not approached him about restructuring.

“I think it’s too early to talk about that at this point,” Brandon said. “Fitz is on our roster, and that’s where he is right now.”

“Right now” is the operative phrase in that sentence, and hardly an endorsement.

“The main thing there is we’re continuing to evaluate, and that’s more in line with how Buddy and Doug come out on that,” Brandon said. “We’re looking at everything and evaluating every aspect of the organization.

“I’m evaluating the organization from top to bottom. Those guys are evaluating the roster. We’ll see where that goes.”

Cutting Fitzpatrick would drop a $10 million dead money bomb on the Bills’ salary cap, so restructuring the deal to spread out the hit would be an option, though it’s unclear if they want him around at all.

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22 Responses to “Bills don’t sound sold on Fitzpatrick’s future”
  1. flyerguy73 says: Feb 21, 2013 11:52 AM

    He is a below average quarterback. Why would you want to keep him? If the NFL was all very short ten yard passes, he is your man.

  2. wludford says: Feb 21, 2013 11:55 AM

    The Bills are going after Alex Smith. I think they will be the most motivated to get him.

  3. coltzfan166 says: Feb 21, 2013 11:59 AM

    Probably isn’t worth the money. But Buffalo fans, don’t get your hopes up and think Nassib will do any better (yes I do think Nassib is going to Buffalo). He’ll likely be the same as Fitz but for much less cash.

  4. rajbais says: Feb 21, 2013 12:00 PM

    Just let him walk.

    For an ex-assistant coach to go on the record and point out his weaknesses that cost the Bills games is damning enough.

    It should be over.

  5. 4evrnyt says: Feb 21, 2013 12:00 PM

    Normally I’d just throw some comment out there about how it’s obvious this guy should be replaced or at least forced to compete for the job but we’re talking about the organization that gave him a huge contract in the first place. They’ll probably pay him another year to be completely mediocre on his best day.

    The Bills made this bed and rather then lie in it another night it’s time to throw it out.

  6. tannethrill says: Feb 21, 2013 12:04 PM

    That looks like a mess of a contract.

  7. granadafan says: Feb 21, 2013 12:18 PM

    Hey Bills. You signed the deal, now honor it.

  8. davekezer says: Feb 21, 2013 12:20 PM

    For awhile (read: 6 games) he was looking great, but I think it’s safe to say that he’s just a decent backup QB at this point.

  9. sfbla says: Feb 21, 2013 12:32 PM

    Silly Season is upon us. There’s almost no point in analyzing Fitz’s contract situation. It’s obviously a bad contract but virtually nothing can be done with it unless he wants to do the team a solid & restructure. Cutting him only saves $450K – replacing him on the roster would erase that savings & more making it impossible to address other needs. Starter or not, restructure or not, he’s a Bill for at least 1 more year. The only way he gets released is if he turns into a bad teammate. Pointless article in all reality, but what else can a football writer do this time of year?

  10. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 21, 2013 12:34 PM

    Fitzpatrick is the smartest, toughest, QB in the league now that Brett Favre is retired. He’ll survive.

  11. buffalobills716 says: Feb 21, 2013 12:46 PM

    Ryan is not a QB. Simple as that. I am still surprise that Buddy Nix is still having a job with the Bills

  12. tcmiller30 says: Feb 21, 2013 1:33 PM

    When will people get that his contract really isn’t that bad. He is an average QB making average NFL QB money.

    Buffalo wants a better than average QB. That isn’t Fitz. Cut him, eat the cap hit for 2013, and move on. That should be done because they want to upgrade the position, not because “OMG!! He signed the worst contract ever!! Buffalo is so dumb!!”

  13. iverpuke says: Feb 21, 2013 1:47 PM

    I wonder if Russell Wilson was around last year when the Bills picked in the 3rd round???

  14. mackcarrington says: Feb 21, 2013 1:54 PM

    Of course , Brandon isn’t going to have any comment. He is the one who signed off on that deal, and he is supposedly the teams “capologist”. And most Fitzpatrick supporters are fond of saying that he is a “serviceable” QB. Yeah, he “serviced” the Bills to a 6-10 season. But you know what? You cant blame the guy for signing that contract. If they offered it to him, why wouldn’t he accept it?

  15. jackg19 says: Feb 21, 2013 2:00 PM

    Bills are brutal. Get rid of this guy. Why did they sign Jackson??

  16. rg3sus says: Feb 21, 2013 2:22 PM

    Hes one of the least physically gifted QB’s in the league. But he is smart and can read defenses and make changes at the line. I think Buffalo has very little to offer in terms of WR and TE. Plus the play calling the past two years has been awful. Give him one more shot this year with some additional weapons on offense and I bet he becomes this years Alex Smith.

  17. EJ says: Feb 21, 2013 2:30 PM

    If they decide to keep Fitzpatrick, It will be for insurance as a back-up, not a starter. Taking a $10 million cap hit is no good though. They need to ask him to restructure and If he refuses, then cut him. My guess is that he will not want to leave Buffalo, because after the Bills let him go, who knows if he’ll be signed anywhere else in the league. He hasn’t had the best track record as a starter. There are days that he can look sharp as a tack, and others where he looks flustered and weak under pressure. In order to win with Fitzpatrick, the o-line has to be perfect, his Receivers elite and the Defense has to hold the opponent to a low score. He is a pure Back-up.

  18. deltaoracle says: Feb 21, 2013 4:09 PM

    The Vikings may be interested.

  19. flipola says: Feb 21, 2013 5:06 PM

    Not sold on Fitzpatrick? You don’t say…

  20. jpaq68 says: Feb 22, 2013 8:17 AM

    I want to go to Buffalo, play for the Bills, have one good game, get a brand-new fat contract and then do nothing while I sit back and get paid.

    Does anybody know if the Bills are hiring in their IT department?

  21. pksullivanmph says: Feb 22, 2013 8:29 AM

    So………..how confident can you be with Buddy Nix still making decisions???? @footballady52 🏈

  22. adamagedbillsfan says: Feb 22, 2013 2:13 PM

    Class act and a tough player but he isn’t the answer at quarterback. Never was. Never will be. The Bills have had a revolving door qb policy since Kelly retired and it has to stop. they need to try to package their first round draft pick and make a splash somehow. Fans are anxious for a winner and management has been ok with mediocrity since the Music City Miracle. Enough is enough. Bills fans are fed up.

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