Buffalo Bills release quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick

The Buffalo Bills surprised the football world when they released quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, a man they awared a $54 million contract to just two years ago.

The Bills, now coached by former Syracuse Head Coach Doug Marrone, say they will now pursue another quarterback to add to the roster.

Below is the release sent to CNY Central by the Bills' organization:

Orchard Park, NY - The Buffalo Bills today announced that the team has released QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The Bills made the transaction after 4:00 pm in conjunction with the start of the NFLâ??s calendar year, which began at 4:00 pm ET today, allowing the team to make Fitzpatrick a post June 1st designation.

Bills General Manager Buddy Nix said, â??We kept every possible option open right down to the wire when we had to make a decision on whether to keep Ryan. In the end, we had to do what we feel is best for our football team and it was a very difficult decision. Ryan did some great things as our starting quarterback. He is a class act, a terrific guy with a great family and has been involved in many charitable endeavors in our community. But difficult decisions often have to be made and so we are moving forward. We wish Ryan and his family the best of luck in the future and offer him our sincere thanks for everything he has done for the Bills.â??

â??Our focus remains on adding another quarterback to our roster and we will continue to explore every option available to us,â?? added Nix.