Ryan Fitzpatrick was released by the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday (March 12). The release of Fitzpatrick seems to be a move to avoid the $3 million roster bonus that he would be due on March 13, but it also appears that the team is ready to move in a different direction. According to a report from ESPN, in addition to the monetary issue, his release was also tied to the up-and-down performance he had over the past three NFL seasons.
Last season with the Bills, Fitzpatrick passed for 3,400 yards to go along with 24 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He posted an 83.3 quarterback rating and did have success at times, but had several bad games that ended up marring his season. Fitzpatrick could turn into a good option as the backup quarterback for another team next season and heads into free agency with the ability to sign with any franchise.
Ryan Fitzpatrick getting released leaves the team with just Tarvaris Jackson on the roster as a potential starting quarterback for the Buffalo Bills. The team could go with Jackson for a season and pursue someone else in the 2013 NFL Draft, but it's not entirely clear what the franchise has in mind at this point. What has been made obvious, though, is that the Bills didn't feel Fitzpatrick was the answer any longer.
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