Dec. 23, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Fitzpatrick Released, Potential QB Competition For Jags?

Dec 23, 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; in the second half at Sun Life Stadium. Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake (91) hits Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) causing a fumble recovered by the Dolphins. Mandatory Credit: Miami won 24-10. Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was released by the Bills on Tuesday, opening him up for a possible new deal with another team.  The Jacksonville Jaguars could be that team.  The Jags have been looking for a quality (er…higher quality?) free agent quarterback or rookie prospect to bring in and compete with Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne this offseason.  Thus far, Fitzpatrick looks like the best option to push Gabbert and Henne and perhaps take the starting position himself.

It’s no secret that Fitzpatrick was overpaid in Buffalo, so the market may finally bring his value back down to what it should be.  If it looks like Fitzpatrick could be available for much cheaper than he was “worth” in Buffalo, the Jags could bring him down to be a catalyst for the anemic passers in Black and Teal.

I personally don’t think that Fitzpatrick will really be that much of an improvement (if at all) over Henne or Gabbert and could be a waste of money.  There are times when Fitzpatrick flashes, but most of the time he doesn’t do enough to keep his team afloat.  If the Jaguars wanted a mediocre game manager, they could keep Gabbert and not have a competition.  Even with Fitzpatrick available, I’m expecting the Jags to turn to the draft….or Drew Stanton.

- Luke N. Sims

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