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Just show him the money, Buffalo

Posted on: October 28, 2011 1:41 pm
Edited on: October 28, 2011 2:16 pm
The Buffalo Bills passed on quarterback in this year's draft because they said they had a conviction in Ryan Fitzpatrick. Now, they're proving it.

Reports indicate the Fitzpatrick is on the verge of a six-year, $59 million deal that will net him $24 million in guaranteed money and $33 million in the first three years. I'd say that's proof of their conviction. Apparently,the Bills believe Fitzpatrick is the guy to lead them to the playoffs, and they demonstrated it by making him a wealthy man.

I just wonder why they were in such a rush. I mean, the guy has been a backup most of his career, then broke into the starting lineup off and on the past two years after Trent Edwards fizzled. Now, six games into the season we've seen enough to believe he's a franchise quarterback? Geez, I don't know. I mean, he's 12-15 as a starter with Buffalo, including 4-2 this season.

Nevertheless, the Bills stand by their man. Maybe it's because they haven't had someone solidify this position since Drew Bledsoe left, but I'd be careful: Edwards was 5-1in 2008, then he and the Bills went on a downward spiral.

But there's a belief in Fitzpatrick there wasn't in Edwards, and here's hoping the Bills know what they're doing. That's a lot of money to spend on a hunch.

Nevertheless, I give GM Buddy Nix and the Buffalo front office the benefit of the doubt. They passed on quarterbacks in the draft, and, so far, they look like geniuses.

Now we see if they invest like ones.

Category: NFL

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 4:13 pm

Just show him the money, Buffalo

I have no problem on this's relative chump change compared to what QB's get these days.  I mean Carson Palmer will make more money than Fitz over the next 3 years.  Carson Palmer....yeah.  The real high risk contract which looks worse by the day was the Colts giving Manning the GDP of England until he's 50 years old.  Well maybe he doesn't make quite as much per year as the entire country of England, but I bet he could buy cash.  Just saying.  Talk about mortgaging your future on a guy who's injured with declining skills.

Since: Apr 16, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2011 3:58 pm

Just show him the money, Buffalo

Yea, Edwards was off to a 5-1 start that season, but he got a concussion and that shook his confidence. He hasn't played well since that concussion. It is much different than Fitz. Another huge factor is Gailey's playbook and the fact that Freddy Jackson is finally getting a chance to be the number one back and he's proving that he is one of the best in the league, which every Bills fan already knew.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 3:22 pm

Just show him the money, Buffalo

He's in the last year of his current deal. Should they let him get to free agency and then risk losiing him? If anything the deal was done too late and should have been done before the season when it would have been MUCH cheaper.

Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2011 3:05 pm

Just show him the money, Buffalo

Why do the teams like the Bills like to prematurely make deals in the middle of the season? For all we know, the Bills could have a total collapse for the rest of the year or Ryan Fitzpatrick could get injured. I believed they pulled the trigger too soon on this deal.

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