The Buffalo Bills have struggled for the last 13 years and it’s no coincidence they have also had a difficult time at the quarterback position during that span. Many fans have had enough, and it didn’t help when current quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick received a six-year, $59 million contract extension halfway through the 2011 season and never progressed.
Fitzpatrick’s 2013 salary cap hit is $10.45 million and the majority of Bills fans are sick of it. The team should cut him loose. However, that would create a lot of dead cap for the future. My suggestion is to have the Bills try to re-structure his contract and maybe do what the Philadelphia Eagles did with their struggling and overpaid quarterback, Michael Vick. Just yesterday, the Eagles gave him a one-year contract built with plenty of incentives that could enable Vick to earn up to $10 million.
If the Bills could pull off a deal like this, it would be extremely beneficial as it would push Fitzpatrick harder to reach the next level. Also, it benefits the franchise because if Fitzpatrick struggles, the team can count their losses and not owe him a cent after 2013 without any dead cap space for the future ahead.
With that said, if the contract of his gets restructured, it will open up more cap space to lure potential blue chip free agents on both sides of the ball, not to mention re-sign their own stars such as left guard Andy Levitre and free safety Jairus Byrd to long-term deals.