Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick epitomizes the term “journeyman.” He has played for seven different NFL teams including most recently the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Last season, in six games, Fitzpatrick threw for 1,103 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions. He went 2-5 for the Bucs, with one single throw in a game early in the season that was in a win that I did not count.
Over the years, Fitzpatrick has displayed very average play at the quarterback position but has been able to stabilize it, something the Browns have struggled with since their reinstation since ’99.
If the Browns choose to take the free agency route and end up with Fitzpatrick, the 35-year-old out of Harvard, it would have to come with a quarterback selected either at one or four. This would be a clear bridge project, where Fitz takes the reigns as the rookie prepares for play in the NFL. It’d be similar to what the team did with Josh McCown a few year ago.
There is not a chance in hell that Fitzpatrick hoists any type of trophy for Cleveland. However, under center, he could win a couple games here and there for a team that’s 1-31 in the last two seasons.
If it were up to me, I would avoid signing Fitzpatrick with all the other great free agent quarterbacks out there. I’m all in on Kirk Cousins and so are others.
Fun fact: Against the Browns, Fitz is 5-1, the only loss coming in 2008 in Cincinnati as a member of the Bengals. The Browns had three interceptions in that game. Mike Adams, Terry Cousins and Eric Wright all picked off Fitz. The Browns took that game 20-12 and went to 1-3 as the Bengals went to 0-4.
So, Browns. Please look for other options. But if Fitz is all that’s left, he can’t hurt. After all, the team went 0-16.