Buffalo Bills News, 3/13: Ryan Fitzpatrick and Andy Levitre Depart

Tom Pennington

The Buffalo Bills lost two key members of their offense on Tuesday. One was by design, while the other was driven by a frenetic free agent market.

Fitz never lacked for confidence - The Buffalo News

Jerry Sullivan admits he has a soft spot for Ryan Fitzpatrick in this column worth your time. This fitting tribute to the former Bills quarterback includes discussions on his limitations, what Chan Gailey asked him to do and new comments from the man himself.

Fitzmagic Fizzles Out of Buffalo | THE BEST OF NICK MENDOLA LIVE

Nick Mendola's reaction is to focus on Fitz the man and how he fit so snugly in the psyche of Buffalo.

Buffalo Bills release Ryan Fitzpatrick

Ryan Fitzpatrick released by Bills - BuffaloBills.com
"Unfortunately since his new agreement with the club, the Bills with Fitzpatrick as the starting quarterback won just eight of their last 26 games."

Inside The Bills | Players react to Fitzpatrick release
Stevie Johnson, Fred Jackson, C.J. Spiller and Corey McIntyre tweeted out their thoughts following the release of Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Buffalo's next QB will be the 11th starter since Jim Kelly retired - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"But that's not nearly as bad as the Miami Dolphins' rundown since Dan Marino retired after the 1999 season. Last year's rookie quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, was the 17th starter since Marino."

Bills hit restart button, release Fitzpatrick - The Buffalo News
"He received $21 million of the six-year, $62 million contract he signed in October 2011. That was the apex of Fitzpatrick’s time in Buffalo. His deal was signed with the Bills at 5-2."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Fitzpatrick Says Farewell To Buffalo
Joe Buscaglia and Fitzpatrick have a final conversation as they close the book on the quarterback's tenure. There is even some levity and joking.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Release Ryan Fitzpatrick
"According to league sources, the Bills offered Fitzpatrick a four-year deal, with a base salary of $3 million and an opportunity to earn an extra $4 million per season through incentives. Instead of taking the offer, Fitzpatrick declined and the team subsequently moved on."

Bills cut Ryan Fitzpatrick, become frontrunners to trade up with Raiders - Silver And Black Pride
Raiders fans hope the Bills move up to No. 3 to secure Geno Smith. They are dreaming.

Shocker: Bills release QB Ryan Fitzpatrick - USA Today
"Fitzpatrick averaged only 212.5 passing yards per game last year – his lowest total as a starter – and never led the Bills to the playoffs."

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Buffalo Bills took risk and lost guard Andy Levitre - ESPN
"Still, this will be a big loss for the Bills. Perhaps the only good news is the guard position is not too difficult to replace." So they should have spent big money on Levitre but it's easy to replace him? Got it.

Inside The Bills | DT Troup says good to go for OTAs
"Buffalobills.com provided an update on Troup in early February, but Troup confirmed his availability for spring workouts Tuesday morning. Troup hasn’t appeared in an NFL game for the Bills since Nov. 20, 2011."

Leodis McKelvin's four-year contract broken down - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"It's potentially worth $17 million and includes a $4 million signing bonus."

Pranksters intercept, record Nix on phone talking about Fitzpatrick - The Buffalo News
"The Buffalo Bills are every bit as troubled by their quarterback situation as all of their fans are, and their general manager needs to be more careful about checking cellphone numbers when he’s returning calls."

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