Bills cut Ryan Fitzpatrick

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The Ryan Fitzpatrick era is over, and Buffalo needs a new quarterback.

The Bills have announced that they cut Ryan Fitzpatrick today, on the first day of the new league year.

Cutting Fitzpatrick isn’t a big surprise, considering that the Bills owed him a $3 million roster bonus if he was still on the team tomorrow, and that Bills G.M. Buddy Nix was surreptitiously taped talking about, among other things, his frustration that the quarterback was holding the team back.

The six-year, $59 million contract extension Fitzpatrick signed in October of 2011 turned out to be an expensive mistake — and a reminder that sometimes in the NFL, “six-year contracts” last less than a year and a half. If the Bills give this move a post-June 1 designation, Fitpatrick’s cap hit would be $3 million this year and $7 million in 2014.

Now the question is where the Bills will look for their next starting quarterback. This isn’t viewed as a great year to draft one, but the Bills may decide to spend their first-round draft pick on a passer they hope will be their franchise quarterback.

And the question for Fitzpatrick is whether any team wants him. If any team does, it will likely be as a backup — and will definitely be for a lot less money than the Bills paid him.

88 responses to “Bills cut Ryan Fitzpatrick

  1. He couldnt even beat the Eagles third string QB. Move on young fella, we have no interest in you.

  2. Great time to be cut for Fitz. Lot of desperate, QB needy teams with a weak FA market. He’d easily be the best QB on the Jets, for one. He’s better than some of the schlubs out there right now. Best of luck to him.

    This better open the door for Geno-to-Buffalo.

  3. flavordave why dont you get off the pc and get the F back to work?!?! And yes I am a hypocrite but its freaking free agency and I worked 10 hours yesterday!

  4. and that Bills G.M. Buddy Nix was surreptitiously taped talking about, among other things,

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    HEY!! YOU WEREN’T SUPPOSED TO TALK ABOUT THAT TAPE!

  5. As a person, I like Fitzpatrick. He’s a good guy with a lot of heart. Smart, tough and a good leader. Things just didn’t work out for him in Buffalo. I wish him good luck in the future.

  6. “The Ryan Fitzpatrick era is over,”

    The Ryan Fitzpatrick error is over. There, fixed it for you.

  7. yanksbills says: Mar 12, 2013 4:31 PM

    Thanks for your service, Ryan.

    Good luck wherever you may end up.
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    Yeah, Im sure Ryan is reading the comment section of PFT right about now

  8. Always felt Fitz was good enough to win with if you had a middle of the pack or better defense.

    Playing from behind almost every game, or blowing leads, put this man in awful spots.

    Decent defense means you can stick to your game plan and run some clock out.

    Bad defense means, Fitz has less than a minute and less than three timeouts to make a comeback to win. Not more than ten qbs can do that consistently in the league.

    That said, thanks for showing heart every time. Unlike trent Edwards he had faith in his team and wasn’t shy to let a guy make a play or dive head first like a man.

  9. 6 year contract turns out to be one year deal. No wonder players hold out and don’t honor their contracts, teams sure as hell don’t honor theirs.

  10. Went to high school in AZ and lives in AZ in the offseason. Add this to the QB target list, which already contains every single free agent in the league and on the street.

  11. So let me get this straight….they CUT their starting QB & have no contingency plan in place???? Wow! How do Bills fans do it….REALLY! I would have jumped ship by now……AND I’M A BENGALS FAN FOR GODSAKE!!!!

  12. Ryan Mallet should garner a few calls this offseason. There are a lot of bad QBs in the league. That kid has a lot of talent and has sat behind the best in the business for a couple of years now. Wouldn’t be surprised to see BB make a move there.

  13. newenglandsports11

    Not Wall Street! Not every Harvard grad is morally deficient. Fitz is too good of a guy to work on Wall Street. Not a great QB but he seems to be a solid person.

  14. bengalguy says:
    Mar 12, 2013 4:38 PM
    So let me get this straight….they CUT their starting QB & have no contingency plan in place???? Wow! How do Bills fans do it….REALLY! I would have jumped ship by now……AND I’M A BENGALS FAN FOR GODSAKE!!!!

    They do…his name is Mark Sanchez!!!!

  15. The Lions will trade you Shaun Hill for a second. He’s a pretty good QB, actually. Then The Lions can pick up Stanton from the scrapheap as Stafford’s backup again.

  16. deanvernonwormer says:
    Mar 12, 2013 4:32 PM
    Jets depth chart: 1 Fitzpatrick 2 McElroy 3 Garrard 4 Sanchez 5 Tebow

    Fixed!!

  17. As a Patriots fan, I hope these Bills fans are right and they draft Geno Smith with the first pick and spend the next four years trying to develop him.

  18. I feel the Vikings are waiting to see if Carson Palmer or Cassel will be released but Fitz is one of the 3 they are targeting.

  19. Actually, I would not mind it if the Vikings signed this guy.

    Seems to be the perfect fit for them.
    He is smart, adequate as a backup (He is really kind of a streak passer and can actually really get hot sometimes)

    He has playing experience and is not going to be overwhelmed a la Joe Webb in a game situation.

    And (especially due to losing his job in Buffalo) will probably not be expecting to start and would not be a threat to Ponder as they continue to surround him with talent and give him some options.

  20. The team will take one step back…

    Oh wait…From where the Bills and most of the AFC Least are, they are so far back one step back won’t even be noticeable. I am so glad the Ravens get to play the Patriots Schedule this year.

  21. All the Bills fans happy to see him go should remember feeling the same way when Bledsoe, JP and Edwards all got cut. Why would we expect the next guy to be any better. As a lifelong Bills fan, the only thing I’m confident in, is that whatever they do – it will be wrong.

  22. I could of told you this when he signed that contract halfway threw the season. These players get their payday and quit. It happens time and time again.

    -Fitzpatrick
    -Haynesworth
    -Chris (36 yards a game) Johnson
    -Revis
    -Asomugha

  23. jackg19 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:41 PM

    He went to Harvard for a reason and it wasn’t football.

    Yeah, but Harvard made him smart enough to make multi-millions of dollars in his first 7 years out of college. Not to many college grads can say that.

  24. So let me get this straight….they CUT their starting QB & have no contingency plan in place???? Wow! How do Bills fans do it….REALLY! I would have jumped ship by now……AND I’M A BENGALS FAN FOR GODSAKE!!!!

    Seriously??????you seem qualified

  25. ampats says:
    Mar 12, 2013 4:47 PM
    As a Patriots fan, I hope these Bills fans are right and they draft Geno Smith with the first pick and spend the next four years trying to develop him.

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    Can’t wait to see you return to 1990 when Brady leaves….

  26. 6 year contract turns out to be one year deal. No wonder players hold out and don’t honor their contracts, teams sure as hell don’t honor theirs.
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    Actually, the team did honor the contract. They paid him a signing bonus and other agreed upon guaranteed money in full. So no matter how long he played for the team, if the team decided to get rid of him earlier than the agreed upon years he still got paid an agreed upon guaranteed amount. All other money and years of service are agreed to be paid by the team as long as they feel the player is meeting the teams needs. If the teams were not living up to the agreed upon standars of the contract, they would get sued. When a player signs a contract he gets a certain amount of money guaranteed in which the only way he won’t recieve it is to not play for the agreed upon years. If the player holds out, he is breaking the one commitment he has made to earn the guaranteed money. That is why the team has the right and will take back some of the guaranteed money when a player holds out. The player has effectively broken the contract by refusing to play (his agreed upon guarantee to the owner.)

  27. I liked the Bills Offense..seems like this Guy was good thru 3 Qtrs and just self distructed in the 4th.. saw a couple games where there just got pass happy and didn’t have to..especially with 2 good RBs. Arizona maybe a Destination

  28. So let me get this straight….they CUT their starting QB & have no contingency plan in place???? Wow! How do Bills fans do it….REALLY! I would have jumped ship by now……AND I’M A BENGALS FAN FOR GODSAKE!!!!

    you realize the bills have the 8th pick in the draft and have stated since last season they would be drafting a qb this year??? that sounds like a plan to me,and who knows maybe they go geno smith in the first and nassib in the second……go bills

  29. I hate to start this, but…Tebow? Just for fun, one year to wait for a better qb draft. Better than starting Jackson and cheaper than signing any other free agent that will just be at least as big of a disappointment. Just a thought…Commence the thumbs downs…

  30. Buffalo Sabres announce Ryan Miller to Buffalo Bills as starting QB, buffalo sabres acquire free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick as the new head coach. He went to Harvard for a reason right? Maybe football isn’t his true calling

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