Just after the clock struck 4 p.m. ET Tuesday, the Buffalo Bills released quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick was due to receive a $3 million roster bonus and a base salary of $4.25 million in 2013.
The 30-year-old Fitzpatrick passed for 3,400 yards last season with 24 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He has thrown 92 career TD passes and 81 interceptions.
"We kept every possible option open right down to the wire when we had to make a decision on whether to keep Ryan," Bills general manager Buddy Nix said. "In the end, we had to do what we feel is best for our football team and it was a very difficult decision."
Nix said the Bills are looking to add another quarterback to replace Fitzpatrick, who spent four years with the team. Buffalo has quarterback Tarvaris Jackson under contract for next season.
"Our focus remains on adding another quarterback to our roster and we will continue to explore every option available to us," he said.