(ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.) -- The Buffalo Bills released starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on Tuesday, a day before he was due a $3 million bonus.
“We kept every possible option open right down to the wire when we had to make a decision on whether to keep Ryan,” Bills general manager Buddy Nix said. “In the end, we had to do what we feel is best for our football team and it was a very difficult decision.”
The 30-year-old Fitzpatrick went 20-33 during his four seasons as a starter with the Bills. He earned the job early in the 2010 season, replacing Trent Edwards.
In his 73 career games, Fitzpatrick has tossed for 14,336 yards with 92 touchdowns and 81 interceptions.
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