The NFL is a barren wasteland for 34-year-old veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick right now. The draft has come and gone, and still he remains unsigned. And for the most part it appears he’s unwanted as well.
Speaking to this, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo said on Tuesday that there simply is “not a lot of interest” in Fitzpatrick around the league right now.
We know Fitzpatrick wants to play in 2017, but at this point it appears something drastic might need to happen for him to land his shot.
Garafolo compared Fitzpatrick’s plight to those of Jay Cutler and Tony Romo, who some wonder about potentially coming out of the booth to rescue a team that lost a starter at some point. Instead, Garafolo envisions a scenario in which Fitzpatrick, rather than those two, ends up being that guy.
After his much ballyhooed 2015 campaign in which he threw 31 touchdowns and led the New York Jets to 10 wins, Fitzpatrick fell off a cliff last year. He was one of the NFL’s worst quarterbacks, throwing 17 interceptions in 14 games (11 starts) while completing just 56.6 percent of his passes. It was a miserable season.
Needless to say, he won’t be landing a lucrative contract in 2017, if he lands one at all.