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Oct282011

Ryan Fitzpatrick Agrees To Contract Extension With Bills

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Ryan Fitzpatrick has gone from journeyman to a franchise quarterback. The former 2005 7th round draft pick from Harvard has agreed to a six-year, $59 million extension with $24 million guaranteed according to ESPN. This is quite the raise for Fitzpatrick, as he is in the last year of a 3-year $7.405 million contract he signed with Buffalo back in 2009.

Even though Fitzpatrick is just 13-15 with the Bills as the starting quarterback, he is the face of a revitalized Buffalo franchise that is in the thick of the AFC playoff hunt. Fitzpatrick is a big reason for the team's surprising success this year; he's currently fifth in the NFL in touchdown passes, fourth in completion percentage, and eighth in quarterback rating.

"It's been a long road. There's been a lot of hurdles on obstacles that I've had to overcome," Fitzpatrick said. "I think we've got this thing headed in the right direction. So to be a part of that, and to be able to continue to be part of that for years to come, I'm really excited about it."

Fitzpatrick's road to stardom was certainly the path less taken. Taken 250th overall, Fitzpatrick originally played for the Rams for two seasons but barely played. He then signed with the Cincinnati where he sparingly played for two seasons before signing with Buffalo. Fitzpatrick took over the team in week 6 of last season, replacing Trent Edwards and has held the starting job ever since.

Fitzpatrick is the first Bills starting quarterback to sign a contract extension with the team since Doug Flutie back in 1999.

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