Buddy Nix: Ryan Fitzpatrick staying with Buffalo Bills


We learned earlier Saturday that Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix has no immediate plans to move on from head coach Chan Gailey.

Nix would also like to make it clear he's not itching to replace Ryan Fitzpatrick, either.

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We were one of several media outlets that picked up on Nix's comments to a Buffalo radio station Friday morning in which he said he wasn't leaving the Bills until he had a franchise quarterback in place.

Nix later told The Buffalo News that wasn't meant to be a swipe at his current quarterback, who signed a fat contract extension in October 2011.

"I've said that every year," Nix said after practice on Friday. "This year's no different. It's not anything to do with -- everybody reads into it, it's how Fitz is playing -- we're gonna go get somebody to replace him. It's the same at every position."

Nix said he was pointing more to the fact that both Fitzpatrick's backups -- Tyler Thigpen and Tarvaris Jackson -- aren't under contract after this season.

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"If we put (a rookie) in there and we develop him in two years or whatever, and he's the guy, and if he beats (Fitzpatrick) out, then you've got a healthy situation. And that's where we're headed."

See, Ryan Fitzpatrick? Don't worry! Your GM hopes to replace you when you're 31, not 29. Now roll into Houston and torch the Texans!

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