Fitzpatrick was released by the Bills on March 12 after spending four seasons in Buffalo and a day before he was due a $3 million bonus.
This all comes after Fitzpatrick signed a contract extension in October 2011—a six-year deal worth $59 million—to make him the franchise quarterback.
That deal did not work out how the franchise or Fitzpatrick thought it would.
Fitzpatrick amassed 8,654 passing yards, 80 touchdowns and 74 interceptions over his time in Buffalo, but the team did not make the postseason with the Harvard graduate under center.
The nine-year league veteran has shown glimpses of greatness during his tenure in the NFL, but inconsistency and the resulting turnovers from his decision-making skills doomed Buffalo each year.
The decision-making can be improved with the proper coaching, and it’s clear from the two straight seasons of 60 percent or better completion percentages that there is still potential for the 30-year-old Fitzpatrick.
At 6'2" and 225 pounds, the former Rams, Bengals and Bills QB has the size to hold up against the toughest pass-rushes in the league, making his versatility and durability two of his biggest strengths.
The former 2005 seventh-round draft pick has overcome the odds his entire career, and now that most NFL insiders are doubting his ability to be a game-changer, there should be a new fire inside Fitzpatrick that could return him to the talented player he showed himself to be at times in Buffalo.