Buddy Nix and Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik have the reddest faces in the NFL, maybe the United States. After getting “cat-fished” by a pair of twenty year pranksters the pair are the talk of the league and especially Nix.

Buddy Nix was originally called by the two young men at his office at One Bills Drive. When the call was put right through to Nix the pair hung up, but Nix tried to return the call numerous times over several days. The two co-conspirators then called Dominik while Nix was calling them and conference the two and recorded the conversation. Deadspin got the audio recording and posted it and it has Nix discussing the financial issues with keeping Ryan Fitzpatrick, saying ” We’re still struggling here with our quarterback,” Nix said. “We’re not really struggling–he’s going to have to do something, or we’ll have to … We just can’t afford to pay that kind of money for a guy who’s fighting for probably a backup job.”

Strong speculation around the league is that this embarrassing situation will ultimately cost Nix is his job in the not too distant future. Doug Whaley has been waiting in the wings as the Assistant GM and the sense is Russ Brandon will alow Nix to step down and Whaley assume the position as GM.

Insiders have told me that NFL GM’s live on their cell phones and usually have every other GM’s number in their list of phone contacts. Nix’s age might have something to do with him not rellying on his cell phone to return Mark Dominik’s call, but that might be unfair to the over 70 set. For Nix and the Bills to be put in the spot of publicly admitting they are not counting on their starting QB to be in that position before his contract bonus is due is obviously embarrassing.

I fee bad for Nix, who is a good man and I hope the pair of clowns who put him in this position get caught and prosecuted for the type of damage they have caused to the lives of Buddy Nix and Ryan Fitzpatrick.

In regards to Ryan Fitzpatrick, he was released by the team at 4pm, March 12th, saving over $3 million in 2013 and $7 million in 2014 against the NFL cap.

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