The Buffalo Bills have cut their starting QB Ryan Fitzpatrick only a year after giving him a lucrative six-year extension.
“We kept every possible option open right down to the wire when we had to make a decision on whether to keep Ryan. In the end, we had to do what we feel is best for our football team and it was a very difficult decision,” said Bills GM Buddy Nix. “Ryan did some great things as our starting quarterback. He is a class act, a terrific guy with a great family and has been involved in many charitable endeavors in our community. But difficult decisions often have to be made and so we are moving forward. We wish Ryan and his family the best of luck in the future and offer him our sincere thanks for everything he has done for the Bills.”
After the team re-signed quarterback Tavaris Jackson, new head coach Doug Marrone announced an open quarterback competition for 2013. Fitzpatrick was going to be a large part of that competition but obviously his release changes things for Buffalo. Buddy Nix hasn’t been shy about wanting to add a quarterback in this April’s draft.
Since his new agreement with the club, the Bills with Fitzpatrick as the starting quarterback won just eight of their last 26 games. Fitzpatrick’s career numbers with the Bills saw him complete just under 60 percent of his passes (59.8) for 11,654 yards with 80 touchdowns and 64 interceptions and a passer rating of 79.8. His won-loss record in his four seasons with Buffalo was 19-34.
He was due a $3 Million dollar roster bonus on March 13th. The team seems to have decided to nip it in the bud and cut him before he was to receive the bonus from the team.
Although his successes weren’t up to the team’s expectations, Ryan Fitzpatrick was a great ambassador for the team and for the city of Buffalo. As a fan, I hope he finds success elsewhere.