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2013 Cap Hit: $10,450,000
Dead Money If Cut: $6,200,000
Cap Savings If Cut: $4,250,000
Why He Might Be a Cap Casualty: Fitzpatrick signed a six-year, $60 million extension in the middle of the 2011 season, and has struggled fiercely since that point. Before the extension, he had a passer rating of 86 in 19 games with the Bills. In the 26 games since the extension, he has earned a passer rating of just 77.7.
The Bills will be running a brand new offense. Fitzpatrick has flashed the ability to be a solid short and intermediate pocket passer, but lacks solid mechanics and cannot throw the ball deep. Any offense where he is the quarterback will be severely limited in their play-calling.
The $20.6 million in cap space, though, should be plenty to absorb the hit of cutting Fitzpatrick.
Why He Might Not Be a Cap Casualty: Although Bills GM Buddy Nix has the world's worst poker face in regards to what position the Bills are looking at in the draft, the Bills put a lot of chips down on Fitzpatrick; Nix may not be so willing to fold his hand just yet.
Plus, if the Bills are looking at drafting a quarterback, they might want to field a veteran quarterback while the future of the franchise learns the ropes.