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Report: Bills, Fitzpatrick close on new contract

Posted on: October 21, 2011 9:18 am
 
The Bills have no plans of letting QB Ryan Fitzpatrick get away this offseason. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, the former seventh-round pick out of Harvard who was destined for a life as an NFL backup quarterback, is close to getting a shiny new contract from the Bills. The two sides have made significant progress the past two weeks, according to multiple reports, and the hope is that a deal is in place shortly.

Buffalo is on their bye week, and the organization has closed the building through the weekend, which means that talks are temporarily on hold. Still, the 4-2 Bills owe much of their early-season success to Fitzpatrick, who has been one of the league's best quarterbacks (66.3 completion percentage, 1,477 passing yards, 12 TDs, 6 INTs).

According to NFL Network's Jason La Canfora, Fitzpatrick's new contract is expected to pay him somewhere in the neighborhood of $10 million a season, "but the sides still were trying to resolve issues such as guaranteed money (the Bills traditionally keep those figures relatively low)."

ESPN's Chris Mortensen hears something similar, noting that Fitzpatrick's new contract should fall in the $9 million-to-$12 million range, and adds that the Bills QB is in the last year of a three-year, $6.9 million deal he signed as a backup. His base salary is $3.195 million for 2011 and "it's expected he will be paid at least in the range of Kansas City's Matt Cassel, who signed a six-year, $63 million contract with the Chiefs."

The annual salary is considered "second-tier" quarterback money, which is about where Fitzpatrick falls at this stage in his career. He's not yet elite, but certainly something more than just a reliable starter.


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After taking care of Fitzpatrick, expect the Bills to start working on new deals for wide receiver Stevie Johnson and running back Fred Jackson, two players who have blossomed under second-year head coach Chan Gailey. If Buffalo and Fitzpatrick can't come to an agreement, the organization almost certainly will franchise him in 2012.

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Comments

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2011 10:54 am
 

Heartwarming story

This is one of those feel good stories.  A guy comes out of Harvard in poverty and goes on to make it all by himself in this world.



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2011 3:59 am
 

Report: Bills, Fitzpatrick close on new contract

Agreed, as a Chiefs fan I hate it, but at least Cassel isn't a complete one note joke.
I watched Fitzpatrick as a Ram in a few games and just knew he was gonna grow into this role.
He totally deserves it.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2011 1:23 am
 

Report: Bills, Fitzpatrick close on new contract

SHOOOOOOOOOOOOW ME THE MONEEEEEEEEEEEEEY!




Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: October 21, 2011 4:30 pm
 

Report: Bills, Fitzpatrick close on new contract

Hopefully he works out etterthan Casell. Only in America.



Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: October 21, 2011 12:28 pm
 

Report: Bills, Fitzpatrick close on new contract

Yea pay a guy $10M per season who's only proved his worth in about 6 games. Brilliant. Maybe you should look at Matt Cassel and see why you shouldn't do just this. DOH!



Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2011 12:17 pm
 

Report: Bills, Fitzpatrick close on new contract

I like Fitz and he's been a nice QB since we haven't had any good ones in years. I however believe until Spiller gets going (if he ever gets it at this level) Freddie should have been the first guy they should be worried about. Stevie is at this point not much better then a number 2. He can't spread the field and being the number 1 righht now makes it hard to get him the ball very often because defenses know he's not much of a down field threat.

Anyhow the Bills need to get a core of skilled players playing together for years and these 3 are a very good start.

We can make this work because Fitz puts up Eli Manning numbers almost every game. I never expect more then 200-275 in yards and around 1 or 2 TD's a game, so as long as Freddie can keep producing Fitz and Stevie are a good fit in Buffalo.



Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:20 am
 

Report: Bills, Fitzpatrick close on new contract

He good, and desrving of the starting position and a new contract. But he's not great, maybe oneday, but deinitely not yet.



Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 10:44 am
 

Report: Bills, Fitzpatrick close on new contract

The guy is a class act, a good quarterback and he did it the right way. For every owner out there doubting the little guy Ryan is proof that quality isnt just in the SEC and other power conferences. Congrats to you Ryan and the success of the Bills.......



Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 10:41 am
 

Report: Bills, Fitzpatrick close on new contract

I'm glad to see it! He is a class guy and great player coming into his own!





Since: Apr 18, 2010
Posted on: October 21, 2011 10:22 am
 

Report: Bills, Fitzpatrick close on new contract

Class guy, good player


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