- Ian Rapoport reports that Fitzpatrick’s deal with won’t be official until he passes a physical.
The Titans cut Matt Hasselbeck loose earlier in the day after he was unwilling to take a pay cut. It seems safe to assume that Fitzpatrick was willing to play for much less next season to be Jake Locker‘s backup.
Terry McCormick reports that a source with knowledge of situation has informed him that the Titans have “serious interest” in free agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.
McCormick adds that the Titans met with Fitzpatrick Sunday night in Arizona, which confirms that previous report from Kimberly Jones.
Since being released by the Bills last week, there hasn’t been a lot of reported interest in Fitzpatrick, despite a poor crop of free agent quarterbacks. Surprisingly enough, Matt Cassel was able to secure a backup job with the Vikings after only being on the market for a matter of hours, which helps to illustrate the lack of interest in Fitzpatrick at this point in time.
Fitzpatrick, 30, previously played for the Bengals back in 2007 and 2008. Cincinnati could use a backup quarterback after Bruce Gradkowski departed for the Steelers, but it’s doubtful that he would be able to push Andy Dalton for the starting job during training camp.
As for the Titans, their interest is a little surprising given that they currently have Matt Hasselbeck in place as their backup to Jake Locker. Hasselbeck is however 37-years-old and set to make $5.5 million for the upcoming season, so there’s a chance that they could be prepared to part ways with him and free up some cap space in the process.