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Bills could avoid $49M of Fitzpatick's deal

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08:08 AM ET 11.22 | Often, NFL contract figures aren't what they're cracked up to be, which appears to be the case for Ryan Fitzpatick. The Bills may be regretting the decision to give [Fitzpatick] a six-year, $59 million deal. If they are, they can walk away from nearly $49 million of it after the season. Per a league source, the Bills could trade or cut Fitzpatrick before the seventh day of the 2012 league year and owe him nothing further than the $3.22 million base salary he was already due to earn in 2011 and the $10 million signing bonus he was paid upon inking the new deal last month. ... [If] they choose to do so, they will avoid a bunch of money that either isn't guaranteed at all, or that is guaranteed for injury only.

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November 22, 2011  09:02 AM ET

Have they suffered injuries, other variables precipitating this rapid drop in productivity?

November 22, 2011  09:09 AM ET

This is the reason for holdouts!

November 22, 2011  09:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Have they suffered injuries, other variables precipitating this rapid drop in productivity?

Some injuries, but mostly they just fell to Earth. Same team that was 0-8 last year then flipped out some wins. Just reversing it this year.
This team was no better than it was a year ago. They just hit the Lotto the first five weeks.

November 22, 2011  09:46 AM ET

Interesting that you hear the NFLN talking heads really bashing this guy.

Mostly saying he's mailing it in since the contract...

November 22, 2011  09:58 AM ET

So you pay $13 million to get rid of a guy who go you off to your best start in a long time?

November 22, 2011  10:22 AM ET

Fitzy is not to blame for the last 4 int's he has thrown.

Literally, his last picks have been good throws that have bounced off of the wide out's hands!

They need to invest in stick um' in Buffalo!

November 22, 2011  10:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Some injuries, but mostly they just fell to Earth. Same team that was 0-8 last year then flipped out some wins. Just reversing it this year. This team was no better than it was a year ago. They just hit the Lotto the first five weeks.

Fundamentally, that's it. They were playing way above their heads. They surprised some teams (the Pats, in particular) and then kept on believing their own press. It could have been the short pre-season, where some teams just didn't come out of the gate ready to play.

It's entirely possible that they could finish behind Miami. Would anyone have said that 3 weeks ago? I wouldn't have said it myself.

November 22, 2011  10:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Fitzy is not to blame for the last 4 int's he has thrown.Literally, his last picks have been good throws that have bounced off of the wide out's hands!They need to invest in stick um' in Buffalo!

That's what I noticed too, Jeff.

I'm hearing way too much bashing on the kid that seems to be a bit over-the-top.

Give him better tools and see what happens.

November 22, 2011  10:31 AM ET

And if they do that. Buffalo will never sign another free agent until the owner and GM are gone, unless they are planning on bringing Fitzpatrick back after they have voided his contract and give him another contract with another signing bonus-does that make sense? [sarc].

They could but they won't.

November 22, 2011  11:01 AM ET

Hopefully the QB can survive the "blame game" and they get him some help.

November 22, 2011  11:08 AM ET

He's not playing great, but he's playing lights out compared to Chris Johnson. I think Johnson should give money BACK. He wanted paid more for performance and they coughed it up. Since his performance sucks, by his own logic, shouldn't he be cutting Bud Adams a check at the end of the year?

November 22, 2011  11:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

That's what I noticed too, Jeff. I'm hearing way too much bashing on the kid that seems to be a bit over-the-top. Give him better tools and see what happens.

If they cut him, he won't stay unemployed long, see Palmer, Kolb, even McNabb

November 22, 2011  11:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

If they cut him, he won't stay unemployed long, see Palmer, Kolb, even McNabb

+ Vick,VY, and a host of others

November 22, 2011  11:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

If they cut him, he won't stay unemployed long, see Palmer, Kolb, even McNabb

Exactly!

The NFL is starving for quality QB's... I can't say for certain that he is but I can name a whole bunch that aren't.

November 22, 2011  01:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Exactly! The NFL is starving for quality QB's... I can't say for certain that he is but I can name a whole bunch that aren't.

With few exceptions, every contender is one torn ACL away from seeing their season go down the tubes. And, I say there are a half-dozen teams at least where the starter isn't worth squat either.

But, there's a reason Buffalo has been a doormat for many years. They don't have quality players, except by accident.

November 22, 2011  01:13 PM ET

Where did Fitzpatrick annoy the front office? And who do they think will step up with any degree of hope to replicate how the Bills overachieved in the first half of the season?

November 22, 2011  02:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Exactly! The NFL is starving for quality QB's... I can't say for certain that he is but I can name a whole bunch that aren't.

And with the new batch of rookies coming in the next QB heavy class they will need some not washed up mentors. Fitz would most likely land in a team in no time. He's not the future of QBing, but he's better than Orton and others who will most likely get a job next year too.

November 22, 2011  07:53 PM ET

Smart move on the bills dumb on the agent for Fitz. You basically agreed to a what if I suck contract. Dumb. If CJ had done the same thing the Titans would be in a cuttin mood too

 
November 23, 2011  05:02 PM ET

I think the Bills will show a bit of what they started the season with.....

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