The Buffalo Bills will have a new starting quarterback in 2013.
On Tuesday afternoon the team announced that they had released Fitzpatrick after attempting to renegotiate his contract.
Fitzpatrick was due a $3 million dollar roster bonus by Wednesday. In making the move after the start of the free agency period, the Bills will be able to spread the salary cap hit over 2 seasons
Bills General Manager Buddy Nix said, “We kept every possible option open right down to the wire when we had to make a decision on whether to keep Ryan.
In the end, we had to do what we feel is best for our football team and it was a very difficult decision. Ryan did some great things as our starting quarterback.
The Bills will now almost certainly be drafting a quarterback in the first or second round of the April NFL draft