Six years, $59 million dollars, those were the two numbers that had some Bills fans reeling this past season, and those were the figures of starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick’s new contract.
With a strong 5-2 start to the season, including ending a long losing drought to the New England Patriots, “Fitz” was rewarded with a long-term deal to stay in Western New York.
Unfortunately for the Bills and their fans, the team went on to finish the season 1-7 after the deal was signed. That kind of struggle down the stretch has some fans wondering aloud just what went wrong, and upset that they seem to be stuck with Fitzpatrick for years to come.
But there is one thing that many Bills fans don’t know about that deal, Buffalo has an out.
The team has until March 19th to decide if they want to keep Fitz on the roster this season, letting him go will void that six years and $59 million.
While keeping the QB will cost $5 million, and likely keep him in Buffalo for a while, cutting him can immediately make him a free-agent if the Bills did decide to go in another direction.
While it seems much more likely that the Bills will be keeping the Harvard QB, it is nice to know they have an out if they decide to use it.