Orchard Park, NY (Sports Network) - The Buffalo Bills and quarterback Ryan
Fitzpatrick have parted ways.
According to the Buffalo News, the club offered the 30-year-old signal caller
a restructured contract, but the offer was declined.
"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 Buffalo
general manager 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. Our focus remains on
adding another quarterback to our roster and we will continue to explore every
option available to us."
The unexpected move comes less than 18 months after Fitzpatrick agreed to a
contract extension worth a reported $59 million over six years, with $24
Fitzpatrick, who signed with Buffalo in 2009 as a backup to quarterback Trent
Edwards, eventually took over the starting role. He threw for 3,400 yards --
his third consecutive year of 3,000-or-more yards passing -- 24 touchdowns and
16 interceptions in 16 games for the Bills last season.
In 73 career appearances for the Rams, Bengals and Bills since 2005, the
Harvard product has thrown for 14,336 yards, 92 TDs and 81 picks. He departs
the franchise with 11,654 passing yards, fourth-best in club history.
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