Titans talking with Ryan Fitzpatrick

AP

The Bengals aren’t the only team interested in quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick has met with the Titans as well as the Bengals, according to Kimberly Jones of NFL Network.

Titans backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has acknowledged that he’s probably going to have to take a pay cut from the $5.5 million base salary on his current deal if he is going to stick around in Tennessee as Jake Locker’s backup. The Titans expressing interest in Fitzpatrick could be an attempt to strong-arm Hasselbeck into taking the reduced salary they’re asking him to take, or Fitzpatrick could be the Titans’ backup plan in case Hasselbeck says he won’t take a revised contract.

The 30-year-old Fitzpatrick has been a starter for the last five seasons, four in Buffalo and one in Cincinnati. He’ll almost certainly be a backup to start the 2013 season.