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The Buffalo Bills announced this afternoon that they have released starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

GM Buddy Nix said the team, through a statement, “kept every possible option open right down to the wire when we had to make a decision on whether to keep Ryan,” further calling the move a “very difficult decision.”

It follows a bizarre morning for the Bills in which a recorded prank phone call between Nix and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM was posted to in which Nix said about Fitzpatrick, “you can’t afford to pay that kind of money to a guy that’s fighting for probably a backup job.”

The Bills were unable to restructure the quarterback’s current deal. He was due to receive a $3 million bonus tomorrow.

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