Ryan Fitzpatrick signed with Tampa Bay in May, and he's expected to be the No. 2 quarterback for the Buccaneers behind Jameis Winston. He spent the past two seasons with the Jets, where he played well in 2015, however he flopped last year. After passing for 3,905 yards, 31 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 2015 with 270 rushing yards and two touchdowns, he fell to 2,710 passing yards, 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions and 130 rushing yards last year. Unless Winston gets hurt, Fitzpatrick's days as a relevant Fantasy quarterback are likely over. He should not be drafted in the majority of leagues.
Fitzpatrick completed six of 13 passes for 45 yards with no touchdowns and one interception in Friday's 23-12 preseason loss to the Bengals. He also gained 15 yards and scored a touchdown on two rushes. Fitzpatrick entered the contest as the second quarterback, taking over for starter Jameis Winston on the third series. While he was generally lackluster through the air, the veteran used his legs to scamper into the end zone from six yards out with 2:51 remaining in the first half. Despite the generally tepid effort, the 34-year-old signal caller is undeniably in a position to benefit from the shoulder injury that fellow backup Ryan Griffin suffered in Friday's contest, and accordingly, he re-entered the game following the latter's exit.
Fitzpatrick signed with the Buccaneers on Friday. Fitzpatrick's deal is for one year and worth $3 million, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. His signing comes after Mike Glennon joined the Bears earlier this offseason, leaving a vacancy behind Jameis Winston in the Bucs' quarterback ranks. Entering his 13th season, Fitzpatrick boasts plenty of starting experience, but after a disastrous 2016 campaign that included 12 touchdowns against 17 interceptions for the Jets, the 34-year-old seems likely to be a backup for the remainder of his career.
Fitzpatrick wants to continue his playing career, Newsday's Gary Myers reports. Released by the Jets after an ugly 2016 season, Fitzpatrick considered retiring but has ultimately decided to play another year. He admits he hasn't received an offer through the first month-and-a-half of free agency, but he expects to draw some interest after the NFL Draft. Coming off a season in which he completed only 56.6 percent of his passes while posting a 3-8 record as a starter, the 34-year-old Fitzpatrick may have to settle for a backup job if he wants to continue his career.
The Jets have voided Fitzpatrick's contract, Newsday reports. Fitzpatrick more or less held the Jets hostage last offseason, inking a two-year contract on July 27, with only the first season guaranteed. Immediately confirmed as the starting quarterback over Geno Smith, Fitzpatrick was unable to uphold his standard from 2015. One factor in Fitzpatrick's dismal play was Eric Decker's season-ending torn rotator cuff, but with weapons like Brandon Marshall (hip) and Matt Forte (knee) on his side, the graybeard signal-caller was unable to display a modicum of consistency. The first stumbling block was a six-interception performance in Week 2, but Fitzpatrick was also benched twice for the likes of Smith (in Week 7 before the latter suffered a torn ACL in that game) and rookie Bryce Petty (at halftime in Week 13). Poised to hit the free-agent market on March 9, the best-case scenario for Fitzpatrick may be bridging the gap to a younger QB for a season or two.
Fitzpatrick has virtually no chance of re-signing with the Jets this offseason, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports. Fitzpatrick and the Jets took the entirety of last offseason to come to terms on a one-year deal to keep him in New York, contentiously making Fitzpatrick prove his impressive 2015 campaign wasn't an aberration. While it took $12 million and a 5-11 season for the Jets to prevail justified for not meeting Fitzpatrick's long-term desires, both parties enter this offseason essentially back at square one. After just 12 touchdowns and 18 turnovers, Fitzpatrick will likely to required to sign as a backup somewhere this offseason, while the Jets will now aim for a rebound campaign without yet knowing who will be their starting quarterback. Overall, last year's failed experiment finally came to an end with Fitzpatrick's contract expiring Friday, at last allowing the team and player to go their separate ways.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/01||New York Giants||2||15.71|
|5||10/06||New England Patriots||12||18.84|
|9||11/05||@New Orleans Saints||24||21.31|
|10||11/12||New York Jets||22||20.88|
|13||12/03||@Green Bay Packers||30||23.05|
|17||12/31||New Orleans Saints||24||21.31|
|3 Year Avg||59.4||3033||20||13||195||1||253|