QB Ryan Fitzpatrick may indeed have more quarterback starts in his future, but he is expected to make his last one for the Buffalo Bills in the season finale against the New York Jets in Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Keeping Fitzpatrick makes little sense from an economic or production standpoint.
The Bills are eager to find a young quarterback for next season, and Fitzpatrick is due to make $7.45 million in 2013. That includes a $3 million bonus he would get in March. It’s not an exorbitant salary for a starting quarterback, but it is exorbitant for a quarterback who is 22-41-1 for his career and who would be keeping the starter’s seat warm for whichever young QB the Bills draft.
Furthermore, it’s hard to imagine the Bills trying to sell the product in 2013 after 3½ unsuccessful seasons with Fitzpatrick at the helm. This season’s repeated statements by Bills General Manager Buddy Nix — including “the time is now” to try to trade up to draft a quarterback — provide further indication the Bills are ready to turn the page on Fitzpatrick.