NFL Rumors: Buffalo Bills Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to be Released
It is being reported that Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick‘s days in Western New York could be numbered in the single digits. This is likely due to being owed a $3.5 million roster bonus on March 13th from the Bills and following that is a $200,000 workout bonus that’s due shortly thereafter as well as a $4.45 million base salary for the 2013 season. A downside to cutting Fitzpatrick is the amount of dead cap space it will create for the 2014 off-season. Personally, they should have tried and re-structure his contract the way Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger did at the quarterback position just recently. Is it a smart move when head coach Doug Marrone mentioned open competition at the quarterback position with other quarterback Tavaris Jackson? Time will tell, however this also means that the Bills are likely going to bring in a quarterback from the 2013 NFL Draft in April. If this happens then the almighty question becomes who and which round do they pick a quarterback?
The Bills are certainly getting younger on the defensive side of the ball and if they cut Fitzpatrick, this youth movement will continue in Buffalo as he will be 31 come November. Bills fans are getting sick and tired of rebuilding seemingly every three years for over a decade now. That being said, they seem to have rallied around head coach Marrone and new offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett who both come from Syracuse University. They are seen as anti-Chan Gailey in the way they ran their offense and also some of new blood as both are under 50(in fact Hackett is only 33 years old).