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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.

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  1. flavordave says: Mar 12, 2013 4:27 PM

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

  2. trollhammer20 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:28 PM

    Psssst….Matt Flynn for a third?

  3. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says: Mar 12, 2013 4:28 PM

    Those 2 spy kids from New England caused this with their little cell phone prank….

  4. newenglandsports11 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:29 PM

    Harvard Grad, shouldn’t have any trouble finding work.

    On Wall Street!

  5. bucrightoff says: Mar 12, 2013 4:29 PM

    This contract will be a doppleganger for Joe Flacco. Totally overpaying for a mediocre QB, then wanting to ditch him ASAP.

  6. rtlemon21 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:29 PM

    You can have Nick Foles…

  7. cpo187 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:29 PM

    Did they have a choice after the phone recording got released?

  8. northshorejag says: Mar 12, 2013 4:29 PM

    Pick 2 from Jags to Bills!!

  9. davefromca says: Mar 12, 2013 4:30 PM

    WOWWWW ya that contract did not work out

  10. 1bbfan says: Mar 12, 2013 4:30 PM

    Great Guy !!! Great guys that are not that good dont win games.
    Good Luck Ryan

  11. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:30 PM

    That is one sad, depressing looking picture there

  12. trbowman says: Mar 12, 2013 4:30 PM

    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.

  13. lonespeed says: Mar 12, 2013 4:31 PM

    How about Jeff George?

  14. logicailvoicesays says: Mar 12, 2013 4:31 PM

    He should see if the Redskins are willing to take him as a 3rd stringer. Everyone wants to play for the Redskins. They’re going to dominate the next 15 Super Bowls.

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

    Thanks for your service, Ryan.

    Good luck wherever you may end up.

  16. davefromca says: Mar 12, 2013 4:32 PM

    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!

  17. asimonetti88 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:32 PM

    Not surprising after that conversation that came out.

  18. deanvernonwormer says: Mar 12, 2013 4:32 PM

    Jets depth chart: 1 Fitzpatrick 2 McElroy 3 Garrard 4 Tebow 5 Sanchez.

  19. randolph32 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:32 PM

    He’d made a good backup for league minimum…..

  20. thegrey7 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:32 PM

    Ryan – Welcome to Minnesota…

  21. whatnojets says: Mar 12, 2013 4:32 PM

    How about trading for Mark Sanchez!!! We will take a 7th round draft pick in 2099!!

  22. lbroberts123 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:33 PM

    Maybe the cardinals take a shot?

  23. azarkhan says: Mar 12, 2013 4:33 PM

    @flavordave, The Eagles were 4-12 last year. Glad that’s what you wanted. LOL

  24. buffalowned says: Mar 12, 2013 4:34 PM

    Take it easy FitzTragic

  25. Manbearpig says: Mar 12, 2013 4:34 PM

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

    _____________

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

  26. EJ says: Mar 12, 2013 4:34 PM

    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.

  27. eatitfanboy says: Mar 12, 2013 4:34 PM

    Two trolls trying to out dumb each other.

  28. ckinthekc99 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:34 PM

    Raiders #3 pick is looking better & better

  29. grogansheroes says: Mar 12, 2013 4:35 PM

    “The Ryan Fitzpatrick era is over,”

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

  30. swashbucklin says: Mar 12, 2013 4:35 PM

    But… But… He won that game in week 3 of the 2011 season…

  31. tsr3000 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:36 PM

    Make Fitz and Weeden battle for the job. Sign him for next to nothing.

  32. arlingtonassasin says: Mar 12, 2013 4:36 PM

    yanksbills says: Mar 12, 2013 4:31 PM

    Thanks for your service, Ryan.

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

  33. nitro276 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:36 PM

    look at those pencil arms

    hit the weights
    take a shower
    get a clue!

    -Kevin Nash

  34. sketchydave says: Mar 12, 2013 4:36 PM

    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.

  35. myosin10 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:36 PM

    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.

  36. MyTeamsAllStink says: Mar 12, 2013 4:37 PM

    Welcome to Buffalo Geno Smith

  37. dbtime says: Mar 12, 2013 4:37 PM

    See ya

  38. unclemoobaa1911 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:37 PM

    @flavordave Trent Edwards is the Eagles third string QB, guess who beat him out of a job in Buffalo? Ryan Fitzpatrick thats who.

  39. nextyearsours says: Mar 12, 2013 4:38 PM

    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.

  40. 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!!!!

  41. funktron2x says: Mar 12, 2013 4:39 PM

    Jon Kitna 2.0, he is… and always was.

  42. nextyearsours says: Mar 12, 2013 4:39 PM

    RE: previous comment—QB target list of the Cardinals that is

  43. rollonthree says: Mar 12, 2013 4:40 PM

    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.

  44. mmacify says: Mar 12, 2013 4:40 PM

    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.

  45. whatsitlikehere says: Mar 12, 2013 4:41 PM

    He would look good in Purple!

  46. bengalguy says: Mar 12, 2013 4:41 PM

    Logicalvoice “they’re going to dominate the next 15 Super Bowls”
    Yeah, if they buy all the tickets!!!
    RG3= Average

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

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

  48. whatnojets says: Mar 12, 2013 4:42 PM

    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!!!!

  49. doe22us says: Mar 12, 2013 4:42 PM

    $21m for a year and a halfs work. Sweet.

  50. larryboodry says: Mar 12, 2013 4:44 PM

    Bears need a backup to Cutler, this guy’s gotta be better than Campbell.

  51. isphet71 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:44 PM

    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.

  52. oreo51 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:46 PM

    They can get the same production out of TJack for a lot less money.

  53. blackandbluedivision says: Mar 12, 2013 4:46 PM

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

    Fixed!!

  54. hehateme2 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:47 PM

    You know… I love to laugh at the big mouths from NJ but I just feel sorry for the Bills.

  55. skoobyfl says: Mar 12, 2013 4:47 PM

    Bills got robbed, what a joke.

  56. 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.

  57. vikesfansteve says: Mar 12, 2013 4:50 PM

    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.

  58. flavordave says: Mar 12, 2013 4:53 PM

    I took the day off for this event.

  59. phinfan says: Mar 12, 2013 4:54 PM

    WOW????? The guy had value – try trading him. You stupid morons there are tons of teams that need a guy like Ryan.

  60. jpaq68 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:55 PM

    Out with one Ryan and in with anther.

    Welcome to Buffalo, Mr. Nassib.

  61. 2ruefan says: Mar 12, 2013 4:55 PM

    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.

  62. billsboy88 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:57 PM

    Don’t let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya!

  63. tj12205 says: Mar 12, 2013 5:01 PM

    fitzpatrick will be scooped up as a backup…..

  64. judalation says: Mar 12, 2013 5:02 PM

    Who are these idiots saying the Jets want Fitz? He is JUST as bad as Sanchez but with a weaker Arm. Garrard is our guy!

  65. swagger52 says: Mar 12, 2013 5:02 PM

    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.

  66. nuttsdagod6 says: Mar 12, 2013 5:06 PM

    Well welcome back to the bengals or we might wait and have carson palmer come hold the clipboard lol

  67. nuttsdagod6 says: Mar 12, 2013 5:07 PM

    Well welcome back to the bengals or we might wait and have carson palmer come hold the clipboard lol

  68. drrusty2013 says: Mar 12, 2013 5:07 PM

    Kyle Williams for QB!

  69. dabillshateme says: Mar 12, 2013 5:09 PM

    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.

  70. geeoh2k13 says: Mar 12, 2013 5:13 PM

    We’ll take him! He’s better than what we have right now… Plus he’ll come cheap :)

    -A desperate Cardinals fan

  71. misswestbrook says: Mar 12, 2013 5:13 PM

    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

  72. stevenwilliams2013 says: Mar 12, 2013 5:22 PM

    He needs to come to the Jets :)

  73. thebadguyswon says: Mar 12, 2013 5:23 PM

    Solid move in that I wouldn’t pay him either. But man…the Bills are as clueless as the Jets. Totally hopeless.

  74. MichaelEdits says: Mar 12, 2013 5:25 PM

    Jim Kelly would be one hell of an upgrade

  75. stevincinci says: Mar 12, 2013 5:27 PM

    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.

  76. MichaelEdits says: Mar 12, 2013 5:32 PM

    Tim Tebow to Buffalo? JaMarcus Russell? Jimmy Clausen? Jeff George?

  77. dbarnes79 says: Mar 12, 2013 5:36 PM

    Not a bad QB but not a franchise guy either. Better then what KC and the Jets have had the last couple of years.

  78. stew48 says: Mar 12, 2013 5:38 PM

    Why did no one mention Fitz going to the Steelers to replace ole Charlie?

  79. billsfan1 says: Mar 12, 2013 5:53 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!!!!

    Seriously??????you seem qualified

  80. billsfan1 says: Mar 12, 2013 5:55 PM

    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.

    6 6
    Report comment

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

  81. wiley16350 says: Mar 12, 2013 5:55 PM

    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.
    _________________________________

    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.)

  82. blackngold4life says: Mar 12, 2013 6:00 PM

    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

  83. irishjugalo says: Mar 12, 2013 6:01 PM

    At least the man has an ivy league education to fall back on…

  84. jamiebuf12 says: Mar 12, 2013 6:16 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!!!!

    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

  85. genericcommenter says: Mar 12, 2013 6:19 PM

    Considering he was pretty much average as a starter, he should be able to find work as a backup. Most guys competing for backup roles are backups for a reason.

  86. yanksbills says: Mar 12, 2013 6:44 PM

    If we cut him a day earlier we could have afforded to buy Levitre back. ; )

  87. weetsld says: Mar 12, 2013 7:25 PM

    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…

  88. bufffalojoe says: Mar 13, 2013 12:29 PM

    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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