Dear Ryan Fitzpatrick by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles
Dear Ryan Fitzpatrick,
For a smart guy… ( highest Wonderlic Test score ever by a quarterback )…you sure are being STUPID!
It’s time that you started to think about your teammates, the city of New York that gave you an opportunity in 2015, and all of the Jet fans, instead of just dear Ryan Fitzpatrick. Because, by the way, the Jets have offered you a three-year, $24 million deal with $12 million in the first year. ( That’s more money than what nearly every American watching you play, will ever see in their entire lifetime.) And, it’s a great offer, especially for you. Why…?
For starters dear Ryan Fitzpatrick, you are not that good! I said it. Let’s look at everything before 2015.
You were drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft…250th overall pick. Not the first, second, third, fourth, fifth or even sixth round…but the seventh round. St. Louis thought so little of you, that they traded you to the Bengals for a seventh-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft on September 1, 2007.
You only ended up playing for the Bengals because of injuries to the real quarterback, Carson Palmer. After the 2008 season, Cincinnati didn’t want you anymore, so you signed with the Buffalo Bills on February 27, 2009. Mediocre games followed, and you lost your starting job to QB Trent Edwards. You returned as the Bills’ starter at the beginning of the 2012 season, but were released on March 12, 2013.
On March 18, 2013, you signed a two-year contract with the Tennessee Titans. Holding out after the 2013 season like you are this year, would have likely ended your career, because you played in only 11 games, starting in 9 of them. You finished that season with a lousy 3–6 record as the starting quarterback, and were released on March 14, 2014…replaced by Charlie Whitehurst.
On March 18, 2014, you signed a two-year contract with the Houston Texans. ( see a pattern here…no one wants you for very long, ) You were named the Texans’ starting quarterback by new Head Coach Bill O’Brien on June 17, but not for long. As usual, you were demoted to second string on November 5, 2014, and replaced as the starter by Ryan Mallett. You were later able to start again for the Texans, but only because QB Ryan Mallett tore his pectoral muscle. You finished the season with a 6–6 record, so at least you won half of your games.
On March 11, 2015, you were traded again! The Houston Texans didn’t want you, so they sent you to the New York Jets for a late-round conditional draft pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Were you named the starter? No. It wasn’t until an incident in the locker room, when starting quarterback QB Geno Smith was sucker punched and left with a broken jaw, that you were tentatively named the starter for Week 1.
Did you end up having a good season in 2015? Yes you did. Many fantasy football owners were happy. You were the #11 quarterback for 2015, with 3,905 passing yards, and 31 TD passes. ( along with 270 rushing yards and 2 rushing TDs.) Did you accomplish this, after struggling in the league since 2005, because you suddenly are great? No. Did the team around you have a ton to do with this renaissance season? Yes they did. ( Thanks WR Brandon Marshall, WR Eric Decker, RB Chris Ivory, RB Bilal Powell, the O-Line, the #22 defense, the coaching staff, and everyone else that helped you become the #11 quarterback for 2015.)
Do you deserve a raise? Yes you do, and you have been offered one…a big one. So once again, it’s time dear Ryan Fitzpatrick that you started to think about your teammates, the city of New York that gave you an opportunity in 2015, and all of the Jet fans, instead of just Ryan Fitzpatrick.
It’s a great offer, especially for you.
( and answer your damn phone when Eric Decker calls!)