28 Oct 2011
The Bills have agreed to a new contract with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, worth $59 million over six seasons, with $24 million guaranteed and $33 million paid out over the all-important first three years. It sounds like a lot of money, but it is really just average for a starting NFL quarterback. I asked Brian McIntyre, who said that Fitzpatrick's contract will rank 16th for average value and 14th for average value over the first three years. Whether or not you think this is a reasonable deal really depends on how likely you think it is that Fitzpatrick can continue his high level of play from the first six games of this season, but it is hard to argue with the idea that Fitzpatrick has been at least an average NFL quarterback over the last year and a half. So it isn't that crazy to pay him like one. Average NFL quarterbacks just happen to make a lot of money.
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