The Buffalo Bills were the first to report, via Twitter, that they have released QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.
It looks as though they could be trading for a QB, or moving up in the draft (Geno Smith?). Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib is not far behind Smith (and maybe ahead of him in some of these) in reading defenses, quick release, velocity and accuracy. Bills coach Doug Marrone coached him in college, and he should be available when they draft at #9, unless Arizona takes him (though Kevin Kolb is both a better QB and a bigger financial investment than anybody the Bills have).
Fitzpatrick compiled these stats with the Bills: 82 total TDs, 79 turnovers. His play-callers are no longer calling plays (Alex Van Pelt, Green Bay Packers RB coach) or completely out of work (Chan Gailey). The Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals could be interested, but will likely prefer Drew Stanton because he’s cheaper and knows head coach Bruce Arians’ system. Rex Grossman is another option for teams looking for veteran help, and he has better velocity than the rest.
The Oakland Raiders have purged WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, FS Michael Huff, DT Richard Seymour. They have in “dead money” counting against the cap. In this rebuild, it could make sense for the Raiders to let go of Carson Palmer, who’s do. Because Palmer has had more success and (amazingly) fewer turnovers than Fitzpatrick (the decent WR corps in Oakland was canceled out by offensive coordinator Greg Knapp). I expect he’d become the #1 QB in free agency, with David Garrard (New York Jets) and Chase Daniel (Kansas City Chiefs) off the market.
The only QBs left on the Bills roster are ex-Vikings Tarvaris Jackson and Tyler Thigpen.
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