Thursday’s big news in the NFL was reports from ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Tom Pelissaro that longtime quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is retiring after 17 seasons.
The news first broke on Twitter after former Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson tweeted a text from Fitz that basically said his career was over.
It should be noted that Fitz hasn’t officially announced his retirement himself on social media.
Fitzpatrick began his career with the St. Louis Rams in 2005 and played for eight teams. His legend, however, began as a member of the Bills.
Fitz played for the Bills from 2009 to 2012 and became one of the most beloved Bills of all time. It’s no exaggeration – Ryan Fitzpatrick is truly beloved by Bills and Buffalo fans.
Fitzpatrick last played for the Washington Commanders in 2021, but suffered a hip injury in Week 1, which ended his season.
But did Fitz really quietly end his career with the Bills?
It was pointed out this morning that on ESPN’s official website page, the Bills are listing trades with Ryan Fitzpatrick who retired last week. They’re the only team that mentions Fitz’s retirement on their trade page.
It’s not confirmed, obviously, so we’ll have to wait and see. It’s very common for NFL players to sign one-day contracts to retire as a member of the team they’ve spent the most time with. Frank Gore just did it with the San Francisco 49ers.
Fitz even said it before – Buffalo was Gus’ favorite place to play. He spent four years here and it was during the NFL stoppage that he became a starting quarterback and signed a huge contract.
I hope it’s true.
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