Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/21/11

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 18: Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills stands on the sidelines during the game against the New York Jets on October 18, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Bills defeated the Jets 16-13 in overtime. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
The Buffalo Bills and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick are closing in on a long-term contract extension, ESPN reported Thursday night. The report did not provide terms, other than to say it would be valued among "second-tier" quarterbacks. That would put the annual value between $9 million and $12 million. Fitzpatrick, 28, threw for career highs of 3,000 yards, 23 TDs and 15 interceptions, taking over the starting job early in the season. This season, he is a big reason the Bills are off to a surprising 4-2 start, throwing for 1,477 yards, 12 TDs and six picks. According to the report, the Bills would like to have the deal finalized before their Week 8 meeting with Washington.
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