NFL News: Ryan Fitzpatrick Keeping Himself in Shape, Wants to Play Next Season
Despite struggling last season, veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said he will not retire and will just wait for offers, whether as a starter or a backup role. While waiting, Fitzpatrick is keeping himself in shape in case a team needs his services.
According to Fitzpatrick, he hasn't received any offer since free agency began in March. Fitzpatrick said his future will be clearer after next week's 2017 NFL Draft.
"I'm working out, excited for my next opportunity," Fitzpatrick told Gary Myers of the New York Daily News. "Once the draft happens, the picture will become much clearer."
After throwing a career-best 31 touchdown passes in 2015, the 34-year-old Fitzpatrick struggled last season, throwing for 2,710 yards and 12 touchdowns with an NFL-worst 17 interceptions with the New York Jets.
The Jets have benched Fitzpatrick several times during the season, but they were forced to start him again due to injuries to their other quarterbacks, Geno Smith and Bryce Petty. Overall, Fitzpatrick started 11 of 14 games last season.
Fitzpatrick admitted that last season was the hardest one in his 12-year career. "Last year was the hardest year I've had," Fitzpatrick said. "Last year was the most difficult year for me. Not physically, just kind of mentally and emotionally."
Reid Hanson of FanSided reported that the Dallas Cowboys may sign Fitzpatrick as a dependable veteran backup to Dak Prescott. The Cowboys are currently shallow at quarterback with Kellen Moore as Prescott's backup.
Hanson said Fitzpatrick is aware that his career as a primary signal caller is over, but his 12-year experience will be a plus for the young Cowboys quarterbacks. Hanson added that the stability of the Cowboys and Fitzpatrick's intelligence and experience will be a perfect match.
The Cowboys will also be the ideal stage where Fitzpatrick can redeem himself after a disappointing season with the Jets. Fitzpatrick also played for the Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals and the then-St. Louis Rams.
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