The Ryan Fitzpatrick era is over with the Buffalo Bills. The Bills announced Tuesday they have released the veteran quarterback after failing to reach a resolution on restructuring his $59 million contract he signed in 2011.
The move makes sense for the Bills. Fitzpatrick was due a $3 million roster bonus later this week and owed $7.45 million in salary in 2013. The Bills will take on some dead money, but it was wise not to pay that kind of cash payout to a potential backup.
Quarterback was a huge need before entering the offseason. But it’s even bigger now that Fitzpatrick is no longer on the roster. Buffalo currently has backup Tarvaris Jackson at the top of the depth chart. Jackson is 17-17 as a starter and is not the long-term solution.
Expect the Bills to be in the market for another quarterback or two this offseason. They have heavily scouted quarterback prospects such as Geno Smith of West Virginia, Mike Glennon of NC State, Matt Barkley of USC and Ryan Nassib of Syracuse.
Despite a weak draft, the Bills must take a top quarterback prospect. After cutting Fitzpatrick, Buffalo may also be in the market to add another veteran to the quarterback mix, as well.