ESPN: ‘95 percent’ chance Fitzpatrick leaves Jets

For all intents and purposes, Ryan Fitzpatrick looks to be worst quarterback in football.

Does that mean his days with the franchise are finally numbered?

Last season, Fitzpatrick led the NFL’s No. 10 overall offense while compiling a franchise record 31 touchdowns against just 15 interceptions. This season, he has amassed five scoring passes and handed the ball over 10 times. He is costing the Jets $12 million.

He is responsible for the league’s worst passer rating, while his defense is currently allowing the best passer rating. Not since the 1989 Cowboys has a team achieved that futile standing. That ‘89 team finished with a 1-15 record, a feasible fate for these Jets.

Then again, Dallas would enjoy a dynasty including three Super Bowl victories in the years to come. Perhaps a similar fate awaits the Jets? Let’s not hold our breath.

When assessing the league’s quarterback situations recently, ESPN’s Bill Barnwell wondered if the Jets’ signal caller could be among those in for a change next season.

“General manager Mike Maccagnan will be in the market for a veteran replacement at the top of the roster,” Barnwell reasons. “He’ll need to do some creative accounting, given that the Jets already have $166 million committed to players for next season.

“The likes of Ryan Clady, Nick Mangold, and David Harris could be on the chopping block to free up cap room for a player like [Tony] Romo or [Jay] Cutler. If Fitzpatrick wants to continue playing, he will likely be looking at a salary in the $5 million range to serve as a veteran backup.”

By Barnwell’s prediction, there is a 95 percent chance Fitzpatrick is not in a Jets uniform. While many who support the team welcome that calculation, does the prospect of Tony Romo or Jay Cutler replacing him inspire any kind of confidence?

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