Ranking the 5 worst contracts in Buffalo Bills’ franchise history

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3. Ryan Fitzpatrick (6 years, $59 million)

Another long-term backup who earned a big contract with the Buffalo Bills was Ryan Fitzpatrick. In 2011, Fitzpatrick was entering the final year of his initial contract with the Buffalo Bills and while the team was 8-13 in his starts the first two years, he was playing particularly well and the prior season had thrown for 3,000 passing yards with 23 passing touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

The Bills would agree to a six-year extension worth $59 million in the middle of the 2011 season. However, they may have wanted to wait until after the season to decide on a contract extension as Fitzpatrick would throw 16 interceptions over the final nine games that season. He would start all 16 games in 2012 but the Bills would once again finish with a 6-10 record.

In 2013, the Bills would make a switch at head coach and signed Doug Marrone to replace Chan Gailey. The new head coach wanted to make a change at the position and Fitzpatrick would be released with four years left on that extension.