The Buffalo Bills today released quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick after being unable to work out a restructuring of his contract.

Fitzpatrick was due to receive a $3 million bonus on Wednesday. The Bills did not want to pay it. Extensive talks to get Fitzpatrick to agree to terms on a lesser deal were unsuccessful.

The move leaves the Bills with last year's third stringer, Tarvaris Jackson, as their only quarterback with noteworthy NFL experience. It's expected the Bills will try hard to take a QB in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Bills General Manager Buddy Nix said in a statement released by the team: "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."

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