Well, it’s a good week to be Ryan Fitzpatrick.
. The deal is for two years, with terms not announced.
Chandler caught 38 passes for 389 yards and six touchdowns in 14 games with nine starts in 2011. His six touchdown catches matched a single-season franchise-record among tight ends. Chandler’s 38 catches marked the most by a Buffalo tight end since 2001 and eighth-most since 1990.
Chandler, who was cut four times in his career before emerging as a threat with the Bills, is understandably very happy a true NFL home for the first time.
“It’s good to have some stability for the first time in a long time. This is definitely where I wanted to be. I think it’s the best place for me and I think it’s a great fit for the Bills, too. I think I bring some things to the table. At the same time this is definitely the ideal place and offense for me with the teammates and coaching staff.”
“I’ve been cut four times and I think the last couple of times that I got cut I didn’t know if there was going to be anymore NFL ball for me. I’m just really grateful to the Bills for the opportunity and am very excited to move forward and continue to build with our team. I think we’re going to come back next year and have a great year.”
You have to like the way the Bills front office has handled this offseason so far. The Bills have gotten two weapons they really needed back. Plus, they’ve sent a message to the team: produce, and we’ll take care of you.
Chandler echoed those sentiments:
“It’s great that the front office is getting these guys re-signed and I think it’s great that the players want to be here. That’s a big part of it, too. I think that says a lot about the atmosphere and the dynamic that we’ve got going and I think we’re all excited to be back.”
Now if we can only get Fred Jackson locked up long-term.
Anyway, with Chandler signed. there are 13 Bills free agents left, including Demetrius Bell, Kraig Urbik, and Bryan Scott. The complete list is available here.