It’s unusual to see a prized free agent like Ryan Fitzpatrick to still be available this deep in the free agency period – especially considering he’s a QB which is clearly the most important position in sports. It proved to be one of the biggest surprises during the early stages in free agency when he and the Jets failed to reach an agreement on a new contract.
So where does Fitzpatrick end up? Is the possibility of him returning to the Jets still on the table? Maybe he waits to long to sign and ends up as a backup elsewhere. There are a few possible landing spots for Fitzpatrick, and we diagnose them below.
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While Tony Romo missed most of the 2015 season, the struggles of backup QBs in Dallas were well-documented as Brandon Weeden and Matt Cassel just didn’t cut it – both QBs won’t be with the team in 2016. Jerry Jones hasn’t shied away from stating he wants a better insurance policy if Romo were in fact to miss another extended period of time.
You know Jerry Jones doesn’t mind opening his wallet if it means a better chance of winning for the Cowboys. If Fitzpatrick sits around on the open market, he may be forced to settle for a backup QB role. I mean, sitting behind Romo for a few million a year wouldn’t be the worst gig.
It worked out perfectly for the Broncos. Peyton Manning went riding off into the sunset after leading Denver to a Super Bowl ring. This meant they could then re-sign Brock Osweiler with no controversy. Then they were blindsided as he took a mega contract in Houston. This snowballed as other key free agents signed elsewhere, but more importantly, there’s now a glaring need in Denver at the QB position.
The team dished out a 7th round pick for Mark Sanchez, but you know they can’t view him as a starting QB. The Broncos still have a solid overall build to the roster and can make another run at a Super Bowl title, but it’s vital they get a competent QB to lead the charge – Ryan Fitzpatrick fits the bill perfectly.
This is the off-the-wall team on the list. Andrew Luck missed most of this past season due to injury. Matt Hasselbeck stepped in and did a fine job as the backup, but he has since retired. Even though he wouldn’t start over Luck, like I said for the Cowboys, if he sits around on the market long enough, he may just have to settle for a backup role.
Los Angeles Rams
As they move back to Los Angeles, the Rams will be this year’s team featured on Hard Knocks. One question mark still lies however, and that’s the QB position. Les Snead said earlier in the week that Case Keenum will be the team’s starting QB, but he can’t be serious, right?
The Rams sit at 15th in the draft and most mocks project them taking standout Memphis QB, Paxton Lynch. However, if they were to take a flyer on Fitzpatrick and bring him in on a one year deal, that would give them more flexibility in the middle of the draft to address a different area of need. I see Fitzpatrick as a good fit with the Rams.
New York Jets
Even though the two sides were on different sides of the spectrum in initial contract talks, the QB situation for the Jets remains unsolved, and Fitzpatrick remains without a new home.
Last season Fitzpatrick flourished with the Jets and the two sides seemed to be a perfect match. The “Amish Rifle” posted career highs in both passing yards and TDs and almost led the Jets to the postseason.
Somethings gonna give here. There’s no way New York wants to go into next season with Geno Smith under center. One of these sides will cave, eventually.