The Buffalo Bills rewarded quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick during the middle of last season while he was playing very good football. In fact, they rewarded him quite handsomely to the tune of $62 million.
Unfortunately, their investment has field to pay dividends. In fact, Fitzpatrick has been rather disappointing since the Bills signed him to that lucrative extension. Now, it almost sounds as if they admitting the move was a mistake, and that it is something which they regret.
In fact, that is what Buffalo general manager Buddy Nix seems to think, although he is beating around coming flat out and admitting as much. Still, it is clear that he is less than impressed with Fitzpatrick’s play since the Bills signed him to a seven year deal worth $62 million.
In fact, that may be an understatement.
On WGR 550 radio in Buffalo, Nix was flat out asked whether or not Fitzpatrick was the long term answer for the Bills, and whether or not it would be like starting over if the team uses a high pick in the 2013 NFL Draft on a quarterback. He gave his clear cut answer.
“Listen, we have said from day one, that we want to draft a good young quarterback” Nix said. “I don’t want to leave here without a franchise guy for the future in place. I have not said that before but I’m saying it now because its fact.”
Unless I am reading too much into things in that statement, it sounds to me as if Nix is fairly confident that Fitzpatrick is not a franchise quarterback, although you would never know it by the game checks they write to him each week.
Nix has drafted one quarterback in his tenure, and it was in the seventh round, so it was never expected that they would unseat Fitzpatrick. Still, after having recently signed the Harvard product to a long term extension, it will be seen as a mistake if they either release him or draft a quarterback out of college in the first two or three rounds next April to push the incumbent signal caller.
Still, it is something that many Bills’ fans are hoping to witness, as they have also seen Fitzpatrick fall out of favor in Buffalo. His offensive line has been a bit banged up, but Fitzpatrick simply commits too many turnovers and continues to make one too many bad decisions with the football.
With so many talented college football quarterbacks expected to declare themselves eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft, Buffalo would be wise to invest at least one of their picks in selecting one of them. If not to replace Fitzpatrick, then at least to push him.