Originally posted on AFC East Daily  |  Last updated 3/14/13

TORONTO - DECEMBER 3: Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills passes the ball during their NFL game against the New York Jets on December 3, 2009 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Jets defeated the Bills 19-13. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
A year and a half ago, the Buffalo Bills handed Ryan Fitzpatrick a big ol' contract extension, giving him the keys to take the wheel and fully own the offense.Early in the 2013 offseason, Fitzpatrick would just be happy for a team to let him in the back seat. The potential the Bills thought they had in the journeyman signal-caller never materialized, and Buffalo's new regime released Fitzpatrick at the start of free agency. Roughly 24 hours later, Fitzpatrick put on his "realist" face and accepted what will probably be next: a clipboard gig.“I’m a guy who has been through a lot in my career–a seventh round draft choice, a guy that has been on three different teams, who has really learned from some great players and some great men," the veteran journeyman told John Murphy, via BuffaloBills.com."So, if I need to shift into the role of a backup and a guy that’s going to mentor somebody, that’s maybe the point in my career where I’ve got to slip down into that role and swall...
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