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Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 11/04/2011

Buffalo Bills reward QB Ryan Fitzpatrick with new contract

I now pronounce you team and quarterback. (Mark Blinch - Reuters)
The Buffalo Bills are tied atop the AFC East eight weeks into the NFL season and the play of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is a big reason why.

This week the Bills rewarded their Harvard-trained (wedding band sporting) starting signal-caller with a nice new contract worth $11 million a year through 2014 with $24 million guaranteed. Fitzpatrick, 28, will receive a $10 million signing bonus and in March, he’ll get a $5 million option bonus — that’s $15 million over five months for a player making only $3.22 million this season.

When the Carolina Panthers took Cam Newton with the No. 1 overall pick in last spring’s draft, the Bills decided to stick with Fitzpatrick. And the decision has turned out quite well for everyone involved.

The Bills are 5-2 — and fresh off a 23-0 thrashing of the Redskins — heading into Sunday’s tilt with the New York Jets and Fitzpatrick is on his way to a career year. His 97.8 quarterback rating is his best ever and he’s already thrown for 1,739 yards and 14 touchdowns with seven interceptions.

(H/T National Football Post)

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