Its all but decided now that Ryan Fitzpatrick is not the quarterback of the future. Chan Gailey put all his cards down on Fitz, and it lead to him losing his job after only three seasons. With the new Doug Marrone era beginning in Buffalo, the question comes up. What does the team do with Ryan Fitzpatrick?
The odds are that the Bills bring in a new quarterback this off-season. That could happen through various circumstances, through the draft, free agency, or perhaps a trade. Nevertheless, it seems very unlikely that Fitzpatrick would be in a starting position even if he remained on the team next season.
The Bills do have some money tied to Fitz due to the contact extension the team gave him last season, but not enough to make cutting him entirely unreasonable. Much of the money is on a year-to-year basis, so the Bills could part with him that way.
The Bills still do need a backup for their new quarterback however, as both Tyler Thigpen and Tavaris Jackson are free agents. This is a position that Fitz could fit into, that is if he understands that he would not be competing for a starting job. Fitz cannot be in the quarterback race, that would just continue more of the same in Buffalo.
What it comes down to is whether or not the Bills feel that Fitzpatrick is ok with taking the position of backup quarterback and remaining content. He’s a smart man, even though he may not be the best quarterback in the world. He could serve as a nice mentor to a younger QB. He also knows there aren’t a ton of jobs out there, and the likelihood that he gets a backup position somewhere else is minimal.
With guys like Matt Moore, Charlie Batch, Jason Campbell, Rex Grossman, and Byron Leftwich the Bills could also bring in a new backup as well. The team could also take a Washington Redskins approach and draft two quarterbacks. What do you think the Bills should do with Fitz and the backup position? Make sure to comment below or have your voice heard on Twitter!