Fitz’s Future in 2019?
Immediately after Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians’ arrival in Tampa, he pledged to have quarterback Jameis Winston as his QB1. What does that mean for fellow quarterbacks Ryan Fitzpatrick and Ryan Griffin? Going into the new league year, Jameis Winston should have a fresh approach towards the 2019 season. Winston and the Buccaneers should look to use this season as its template for future success.
Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is an unrestricted free agent and is going to be 37-years old in November. He recently had his seventh child, and he is willing to come back to play football. After his hot start last year, throwing for over 400-yards in each of his first three games, he did have a pretty solid season overall with 17 touchdowns along with 12 INTs for 2,366 yards in eight games. His future past this past season is unknown.
If he does decide to come back another season, he could be a nice option for teams out there including Tampa if the Bucs would like to bring him back to serve as Winston’s backup.
“Fitzpatrick was listed on Pro Football Focus’ list of top-50 free agents, checking in at No. 36 overall. PFF also noted that the free agent is arguably going to be the best option in the free agency period for teams that have a need at the position.”
Teams like Tennessee, New Orleans, Philadelphia, or Arizona could try to bring Fitzpatrick over as some senior leadership and also mentoring possibilities for two of those four teams and should look at all reliable options.