According to Joel Corry of CBS Sports, Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick’s contract officially voids on Friday, making him an unrestricted free agent at the start of the 2017 league year on March 9. There will be a $5 million salary cap charge for the Jets because of the bonus proration from Fitzpatrick’s 2017 contract year.
Corry mentions that the Jets will still carry a $5 million salary cap charge for the 2017 season because of a bonus proration from Fitzpatrick’s 2017 contract year.
Fitzpatrick’s 2016 season proved to be a disaster and the Jets find themselves in need of another quarterback, despite using mid-round picks on Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg in back-to-back seasons.
As for Fitzpatrick, it seems likely that he’ll be looking for a backup quarterback job in the coming months.
Fitzpatrick, 34, is a former seventh-round pick of the Rams back in 2005. He’s played for a number of teams including the Bengals, Bills, Titans and Texans before he was traded to the Jets in 2015.
Fitzpatrick signed a one-year $12 million contract with the Jets last July.
In 2016, Fitzpatrick appeared in 14 games and completed 56.6 percent of his passes for 2,710 yards to go along with 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 31 quarterback out of 34 qualifying players.