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Bills still not ready to declare Ryan Fitzpatrick's job secure

By Tim Graham

INDIANAPOLIS -- Ryan Fitzpatrick's future with the Buffalo Bills remains unclear.

Bills President Russ Brandon declined to commit to Fitzpatrick being on the roster when the quarterback's $3 million bonus is due next month. Brandon also said the Bills have not approached Fitzpatrick about restructuring his contract "at this point."

Asked about whether Fitzpatrick's spot on the roster is safe, Brandon said that will be determined by General Manager Buddy Nix and head coach Doug Marrone.

"The main thing there is we're continuing to evaluate, and that's more in line with how Buddy and Doug come out on that," Brandon said. "We're looking at everything and evaluating every aspect of the organization.

"I'm evaluating the organization from top to bottom. Those guys are evaluating the roster. We'll see where that goes."

Fitzpatrick's contract will pay him a base salary of $4.25 million. His 2013 salary-cap number would be $10.45 million. If he is released before his roster bonus gets paid, then he still would count $10 million toward the cap because of amortized bonuses.

The best way the Bills can clear cap room would be to get Fitzpatrick to agree to a new deal that spreads out the money.

"I think it's too early to talk about that at this point," Brandon said.

"Fitz is on our roster, and that's where he is right now."


2013 free agency | 2013 NFL scouting combine | Buddy Nix | Doug Marrone | Russ Brandon | Ryan Fitzpatrick
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Tim Graham

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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