ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Ryan Fitzpatrick is happy in Buffalo but said he's leaving his agent in charge of negotiating a new contract with the Bills.
"I love playing here and my family loves living here, but that's not something that I'm going to be involved with during the season," Fitzpatrick said when asked about his contract. "My agent will be involved with the Bills and I have to focus on playing every week and if I play well I feel like everything will take care of itself."
According to WGR 550AM in Buffalo, the Bills offered Fitzpatrick an extension last week, before he led Buffalo to a 38-35 comeback win over the Raiders.
In two games as Buffalo's starting quarterback this season, Fitzpatrick has thrown seven touchdowns against just one interception while leading the Bills to victories in both games. In a
town that has hungered for a franchise quarterback since Jim Kelly left, Fitz isn't ready to take that title for himself yet.
"You guys (the media) love throwing labels on things and making sure that everybody is put in the box as to what they are - a franchise quarterback, a gunslinger, but for me, I feel like right now I am the leader of this offense and I love the guys I'm playing with and feel like we fit well together. So, however you want to define that, that's what I feel like I am."
Chan Gailey said he isn't in charge of negotiating contracts with his players - but when asked if he thinks Fitzpatrick is his quarterback of the future, Gailey didn't deny the thought.
"I don't get into all of that, but do I think he's capable of a guy that can play for you or win for you for a long time, yes, I do."