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#1 first_and_ten

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:05 AM

Ryan Fitzpatrick is due a roster bonus in March. What do the Bills brass do? Do they cut him? Do they restructure his contract? Or do they pay it and go forward as is? My opinion is they will try to restructure his contract. This is the only way to really save on the cap. If he won't restructure, which would be foolish of him, then they cut him. Either way they will not pay that roster bonus.

#2 jjmac

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:08 AM

They might, given their reluctance to play anybody else.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:08 AM

Even though there are rules against it, most teams more or less know if they won the bidding war on free agents by the end of the Combine.  Keep in my that Nix told us well before free agency last year that the bills would be a "big player" in free agency last year.  So if the bill come up with a plan for the QB position prior to March something might be done.

Edited by auburnbillsbacker, 13 February 2013 - 10:09 AM.


#4 RyanC883

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:02 AM

If he does not restructure he is gone.  No way they pay him the roster bonus when he is most likely a backup.  Plus, if he does not restructure, that gives you some insight into his attitude about being demoted to second string.  Don't need that negativity for the new QB.  He could go to AZ.  He's prob good enough to get the ball to Fitzgerald.

#5 shibuya

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:28 AM

View PostRyanC883, on 13 February 2013 - 11:02 AM, said:

If he does not restructure he is gone.  No way they pay him the roster bonus when he is most likely a backup.  Plus, if he does not restructure, that gives you some insight into his attitude about being demoted to second string.  Don't need that negativity for the new QB.  He could go to AZ.  He's prob good enough to get the ball to Fitzgerald.

I disagree. He saves nothing against the cap if cut. He has a head for the game and he will be a great mentor to any drafted QB. I don;t foresee the Bills being big players in a trade for Alex Smith either so that pretty much makes Fitz the QB vet we keep by default

Plus he'll restructure, the only way he wouldn't restructure is if he believed he can make big money somewhere else, other wise Fitz knows his best payday is to stay put and restructure

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:51 AM

View Postshibuya, on 13 February 2013 - 11:28 AM, said:



I disagree. He saves nothing against the cap if cut. He has a head for the game and he will be a great mentor to any drafted QB. I don;t foresee the Bills being big players in a trade for Alex Smith either so that pretty much makes Fitz the QB vet we keep by default

Plus he'll restructure, the only way he wouldn't restructure is if he believed he can make big money somewhere else, other wise Fitz knows his best payday is to stay put and restructure
He can make money but what kind of contract do backup QB's get? A deal w someone Like Green Bay behind a very good QB he could do well when needed and enough to win. A 3 yr contract?  $4mm/yr?

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 12:18 PM

Dudes. Bills aint cutting Fitz. Come back and show me the love on March 4th.

The logic?

1) Cutting Fitz gives the Bills only a 450k benefit this year.  So, virtually no cap relief this year.

2) Cutting Fitz gives the Bills no qb at all.  No qb at all means Bills have no leverage in trades, no leverage in negotiating for a FA qb, and no leverage in any potential trade up in the draft.

With that, my friends, do you think the Bills are really that stupid to cut Fitz without having a SIGNIFICANTLY better option at qb RIGHT NOW???... like before he's cut.


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Posted 13 February 2013 - 12:44 PM

View PostDr. Trooth, on 13 February 2013 - 12:18 PM, said:

Dudes. Bills aint cutting Fitz. Come back and show me the love on March 4th.

The logic?

1) Cutting Fitz gives the Bills only a 450k benefit this year.  So, virtually no cap relief this year.

2) Cutting Fitz gives the Bills no qb at all.  No qb at all means Bills have no leverage in trades, no leverage in negotiating for a FA qb, and no leverage in any potential trade up in the draft.

With that, my friends, do you think the Bills are really that stupid to cut Fitz without having a SIGNIFICANTLY better option at qb RIGHT NOW???... like before he's cut.

Cant argue with this

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#9 Bronc24

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 12:51 PM

View PostDr. Trooth, on 13 February 2013 - 12:18 PM, said:

Dudes. Bills aint cutting Fitz. Come back and show me the love on March 4th.

The logic?

1) Cutting Fitz gives the Bills only a 450k benefit this year.  So, virtually no cap relief this year.

2) Cutting Fitz gives the Bills no qb at all.  No qb at all means Bills have no leverage in trades, no leverage in negotiating for a FA qb, and no leverage in any potential trade up in the draft.

With that, my friends, do you think the Bills are really that stupid to cut Fitz without having a SIGNIFICANTLY better option at qb RIGHT NOW???... like before he's cut.

I agree Fitz is leverage.  For the other team.

#10 CodeMonkey

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 12:56 PM

Yeah ole Buddy really screwed the pooch with that Fitz contract.

#11 CardinalScotts

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:18 PM

View PostCodeMonkey, on 13 February 2013 - 12:56 PM, said:

Yeah ole Buddy really screwed the pooch with that Fitz contract.
no choice

#12 I'm Spartacus

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:21 PM

So what....Pegula has tons of money to burn.
Whoops! Sorry = I'm talking about the wrong loser Buffalo sports team!
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#13 Captain Hindsight

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:30 PM

View PostDr. Trooth, on 13 February 2013 - 12:18 PM, said:

Dudes. Bills aint cutting Fitz. Come back and show me the love on March 4th.

The logic?

1) Cutting Fitz gives the Bills only a 450k benefit this year.  So, virtually no cap relief this year.

2) Cutting Fitz gives the Bills no qb at all.  No qb at all means Bills have no leverage in trades, no leverage in negotiating for a FA qb, and no leverage in any potential trade up in the draft.

With that, my friends, do you think the Bills are really that stupid to cut Fitz without having a SIGNIFICANTLY better option at qb RIGHT NOW???... like before he's cut.
This^

There is no benefit to letting him go now. None, zero zip. It just creates another hole. Not a good idea to go into the draft needing to draft a QB in order to have, well anyone capable of playing QB in August

#14 bobobonators

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:32 PM

how many times can we possibly adress the same point - over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over again.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:39 PM

View PostCardinalScotts, on 13 February 2013 - 01:18 PM, said:

no choice

He could have waited until the end of the season.

#16 BeefCurtns

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:45 PM

View Postfirst_and_ten, on 13 February 2013 - 10:05 AM, said:

Ryan Fitzpatrick is due a roster bonus in March. What do the Bills brass do? Do they cut him? Do they restructure his contract? Or do they pay it and go forward as is? My opinion is they will try to restructure his contract. This is the only way to really save on the cap. If he won't restructure, which would be foolish of him, then they cut him. Either way they will not pay that roster bonus.

Fitz has to restructure. There is no other viable way he's worth keeping around. also cutting Kelsay and Mcgee will save us 10.5million. those things all need to happen for us to have a bit of FA money, sign our own ( Byrd and Levitre), and be able to sign the rookie class.

Edited by LVBillsBackr, 13 February 2013 - 01:47 PM.


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Posted 13 February 2013 - 02:39 PM

View PostBig C, on 13 February 2013 - 01:39 PM, said:



He could have waited until the end of the season.
At that rate with his success he would have commanded more money. He was playing pro bowl calibre. Beating the big names with stats and such.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 02:50 PM

View PostDr. Trooth, on 13 February 2013 - 12:18 PM, said:

Dudes. Bills aint cutting Fitz. Come back and show me the love on March 4th.

The logic?

1) Cutting Fitz gives the Bills only a 450k benefit this year.  So, virtually no cap relief this year.

2) Cutting Fitz gives the Bills no qb at all.  No qb at all means Bills have no leverage in trades, no leverage in negotiating for a FA qb, and no leverage in any potential trade up in the draft.

With that, my friends, do you think the Bills are really that stupid to cut Fitz without having a SIGNIFICANTLY better option at qb RIGHT NOW???... like before he's cut.
In my opinion Tooth you are missing the boat.  This is not really a money decision.  This is a talent decision.  I seriously think the days of the "old Bills" are over.  No more Chan Gailey to misevaluate every player on this roster.  Marrone has no allegiances to Fitz whatsoever.  And make no mistake this is not Buddy Nix's team anymore.  This is Russ Brandon and Doug Marrone's team.  Marrone will have the FINAL decision on all personnel moves.  If he thinks Fitz is garbage, which I think most of us think he is.  He will be GONE.  What benefit is there to keep a QB that is a perennial loser?  I would just assume go into camp with TJack, Matt Moore and a rookie.  Or Alex Smith, and two rookies..  Or T Jack and two rookies, or Matt Moore and two rookies.  Haven't the past three years of Fitz shown everyone including you Dr Tooth that the guy is just not good enuf to play QB in the NFL?  He has NO UPSIDE!!  Don't you all want this team to get better?  So start changing your thinking.  Marrone is not the same clowns who have run this team for years.  He understands what it takes to win in the NFL.  He coached on one of the best offenses in the history of the NFL (Saints)  Give the "bring back Fitz BS" a rest.

#19 jeremy2020

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 02:55 PM

Is search broken on this forum?

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:16 PM

View PostCaptain Hindsight, on 13 February 2013 - 01:30 PM, said:

There is no benefit to letting him go now. None, zero zip.

Well, there is the small matter of saving $7M+ in actual money that we don't have to pay him lol