The NFL offseason has had some surprises, but principally a lot of well-known names will not be playing where they were in 2012. The latest casualty is Buffalo Bills starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Two years ago, his early play convinced management that he should receive compensation equal to quarterbacks in the “elite” category. That may have been his downfall.
“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.”
Now with just two quarterbacks on Buffalo’s roster in Tarvaris Jackson and Aaron Corp, Nix also made it clear the club plans to make an addition to the position.
A 5-2 start in 2011 prompted the team to offer him a 6 year, multi-million dollar contract. Since the contract extension, he has a record of 8-26.
The Bills have a salary cap of 10 million dollars. It is not believed that the club offered to re-negotiate his contract.
Although Fitzpatrick was responsible for most of the team’s turnovers, including 23 interceptions in 2011, their team defense has been deplorable. In three years they have never ranked higher than 22nd overall, 28th against the run, and 26th in points allowed.
Columnist-The Guardian Express