The Bills and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick have agreed on a multi-year contract extension, Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network reports.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports the deal is worth $59 million over six seasons, with $24 million guaranteed and $33 million paid out over the all-important first three years.
A 2005 seventh-round pick out of Harvard by the Rams, Fitzpatrick backed up Marc Bulger for two seasons before he was traded to the Bengals in 2007.
Fitzpatrick started 12 of 13 games for an injured Carson Palmer in 2008, completing 59.4 percent of 372 pass attempts for 1,905 yards with eight touchdowns and nine interceptions before signing with Buffalo as a free agent the following February.
In three seasons in Buffalo, Fitzpatrick has started 27 of 29 games, completing 59.3 percent of his 870 pass attempts for 5,899 yards with 44 touchdowns and 31 interceptions. Fitzpatrick has a career-high passer rating of 95.3 in 2011, leading the Bills to a 4-2 record.
Fitzpatrick has been earning a base salary of $3.22 million in 2011, the final year of a three-year, $8.27 million contract he signed as a free agent in 2009.
Inside the numbers: The Harvard grad is tied for fifth (Sanchez, Schaub, Roethlisberger) in the NFL with 12 passing touchdowns, tied for seventh (Roethlisberger) in quarterback passer rating at 95.3, has been sacked the fewest (six) among quarterbacks with more than 200 pass attempts, and is fourth in completion percentage at 66.3, only behind Brady, Brees, and Rodgers.