Ryan Fitzpatrick has played on four teams in four years, going back to his final season with the Bills. There’s a chance he could go five-for-five.
Fitz is a free agent. The Jets want him back as their starter, but they’re far apart in negotiations. Word is, the Jets are offering $8-$10 million a season. Fitz is said to be looking for a salary in the $16-$18 million range.
I can’t blame him. Sam Bradford (25-37-1 career record) signed a two-year, $36 million deal with the Eagles. The Broncos have offered Brock Osweiler, who has started seven NFL games, $15 million a year to stay off the market.
Fitz led the Jets to a 10-6 record and had a team-record 31 TD passes. He forged a bond with receivers Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall. The Jets could argue that Fitz, 33, had a fluke year. Three interceptions in the fourth quarter in the finale in Buffalo didn’t help.
The Jets will let Fitz test a thin QB market. Maybe he’ll hit the jackpot. If not, they should find a middle ground. As a family man and father of five, does Fitz really want to move again?