Ryan Fitzpatrick wants to stay in Tampa as the backup

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Veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick spent 2017 in Tampa Bay, as the backup to Jameis Winston. Fitzpatrick would like to do it again.

“At this point in my career, I’m not going to be given or gifted a chance to start anywhere probably,” Fitzpatrick said, via JoeBucsFan.com. “You know, there’s a lot of things that weigh into it now for me now that maybe didn’t years ago, just in terms of family and different situations. I enjoyed the year I’ve had here and even just the Tampa area in general. But this team, I think Jameis did a good job this year and you can see the improvement in his game. I’d enjoy being back. I really enjoyed my role this year, but you never know. We’ll see what happens.”

Fitzpatrick, now 35, is in a much different spot than he was two years ago, when a solid season with the Jets gave him the leverage to hold out and wait for the kind of contract he wanted from the team. He eventually got an offer he liked right after training camp opened, but 2016 didn’t go well.

Even if he isn’t a starter, Fitzpatrick can make quality money as the backup. For most NFL quarterbacks, the wages earned in that extra two or three years of playing in a backup role surpass whatever the player would get elsewhere. With minimal playing time (and thus minimal risk of injury), it makes sense for most to stick around as long as they can.

10 responses to “Ryan Fitzpatrick wants to stay in Tampa as the backup

  1. Of course he wants to stay. He’s found another sucker team willing to pay him and he’s one temper tantrum from playing!

  2. There are a whole lot of worse back-up q/bs, imo. In fact, there is a starter or 2 that might be worse….I sure would have appreciated him in 2015, when my Cowboys went through 3 different q/bs, to win 1 game in Romo’s absence 😦

  3. .
    It takes a minimum of three Harvard grads to get through to Jameis Winston. With Fitzpatrick and Brate on the roster they’re almost home.

  4. With the level of QB talent in Tampa, if you add two more QB’s, you might get the skills of a one armed, one legged QB on a good day.

  5. The Bucs started the season ranked in the teens… JW as the starter they fell into mid 20s.. Fitz as started got them back into the teens and when JW returned they spiraled down to mid-high 20s…

    JW is likely 1 or 2 more instances from being untouchable like Manzel and Kaep… Fitz is worth keeping!

  6. starting qb beware..forget the madden curse, this guy somehow manages to play & start for every team that makes him the backup

  7. Here are real, factual, actual stats…not arbitrary power rankings from a blogger…

    TB ranked bottom 5 in rushing and defense
    TB ranked #1 in passing before JW injury
    TB ranked #1 in passing after JW injury

    Fitz played in five games – lost against Cardinals, Saints, and Falcons. Beat Dolphins and Jets.

    Also real stats – of 89 NFL players who attempted a pass, Mariota ranked 49th in QB Rating getting beat by the great Jacoby Brissett, Joe Flacco, Nick Foles, Blake Bortles, Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Hoyer, and….that other guy in Tampa.

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