Ryan Fitzpatrick, Washington, Buffalo Bills Playoff Game, Shirtless
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Washington Football Team, Buffalo Bills, Getty Images

Ryan Fitzpatrick joins Bills Mafia for a night

Ryan Fitzpatrick has played for what seems like every team in the NFL. In reality, the current Washington Football Team member has “only” played for nine of the league’s 32 clubs.

Of those, the one he stayed with the longest was the Buffalo Bills, with whom he spent four years from 2009-12.

Despite suiting up for six clubs since, it’s clear where Fitzpatrick’s allegiance stands.

On Saturday, Fitzpatrick was seen shirtless in the crowd at Highmark Stadium cheering on the Bills as they faced off against the New England Patriots in the AFC Wild Card round of the playoffs.

The moment caught many by surprise, as Fitzpatrick is still under contract with another NFL team. In March 2021, he signed a one-year, $10 million deal with the Washington Football Team. The plan was for Fitzpatrick to be the starter, but when he suffered a season-ending hip injury in Week 1, Taylor Heinicke took the reigns.

Fitzpatrick will be a free agent again this March and it is uncertain what his plans are. He will turn 40 years old later this year and there is a chance he is all out of luck when it comes to landing another starting job.

At his age and coming off a serious injury, the best thing available for Fitzpatrick could end up being a backup job.

New York Jets, Mock Draft Simulator, Offseason Tool, Jets X-Factor, Deebo Samuel

Fitzpatrick has been given the tag “journeyman quarterback” over the years because of his constant shuffling of teams. As previously mentioned, he’s played for nine different organizations in his career.

There’s a chance his most notable stop along the way came in 2015-16 with the New York Jets.

After being acquired from Houston, the plan was for Fitzpatrick to back up starter Geno Smith. Then, the I.K. Enemkpali incident happened, and for better or for worse, Fitzpatrick became the starter in 2015.

Fitzpatrick went on to have a career year, throwing a franchise-record 31 touchdowns and nearly reaching 4,000 passing yards. If not for a Week 17 loss in Buffalo, he would’ve made his first playoff appearance at age 33.

The Fitz-magic was short-lived, however, as the next season, he threw more interceptions (17) than touchdowns (12) and won only three games.

Fitzpatrick would depart for Tampa Bay in 2017, but Jets fans got a good feel for the kind of guy he was over the two years he spent in New York: an outgoing, humorous vet.

It’s safe to say that Jets fans understand the wild side to Fitz better than almost anybody. Going shirtless at a playoff game in single-digit temperatures is par for the course.

Audio Version available to members only: Learn more here

Download Jet X Mobile on the App Store and Google Play.

Want More NY Jets News & Jets X-Factor Content?

Download the free Jet X Mobile App to get customizable notifications directly to your iOS (App Store) or Google/Android (Google Play) device.

Add Jets X-Factor to your Google News feed to stay up to date with the New York Jets.

Follow us on Twitter @jetsxfactor for all the latest New York Jets news, Facebook for even more, Instagram for some of the top NY Jets images, and YouTube for original Jets X-Factor videos.

Join the official Jets Discord community to connect with likeminded fans.

Ryan Cole is a young Jets X-Factor breaking news writer. Email: jetfan03[at]gmail.com

1
Comments

Please Login to comment
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Barney Miller
Member
Barney Miller

I still love Fitz. Does he still love Buffalo or does he just hate New England like everyone else? Remember in his first year here how he & the Jets beat New England towards the end of the season? Didn’t that knock New England out of the playoffs? (And then didn’t we blow the playoffs against Buffalo? Hmmmm. Maybe his allegiance IS with the Bills. Ha!)