The timing of the release for Buffalo's starting quarterback came on the heels of lackluster performance for two consecutive seasons.
To add insult to injury, the Bill's released Fitzpatrick the day before an agreed bonus payment is due to Fitzpatrick in the sum of $3 million. General manager Buddy Nix said the team kept "every possible option open," before reaching the decision.
The Bills' new coach Doug Marrone stated Fitzpatrick has two inconsistent seasons as a starter and went 20-33 over four seasons in Buffalo. Fitzpatrick is said to be in the midst of a six-year, $59 million contract extension signed in October 2011.
Fitzpatrick averaged 212.5 passing yards per game last year. Reportedly his lowest total as a starter. In addition, the Bills never had a play-off entry while Fitzpatrick was at the helm.
The Bills re-signed their backup quarterback, Tarvaris Jackson and will reportedly be seeking a new team leader in next month's NFL Draft.