Is $3.25 million too much for Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick? Fitzpatrick finished last season with a 3-6 starting quarterback record. He threw for 2,454 yards with 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. His biggest flaw was, while he often showed flashes during the first three quarters and against prevent defenses, his trend of giveaways at the most inopportune moments with the Buffalo Bills followed him to Nashville. His recklessness in tight games was the difference between the AFC’s No. 6 seed and a 7-9 record.
Are the Titans paying too much for their average quarterback? The Jacksonville Jaguars have a quarterback who’s about the same caliber as Fitzpatrick: Chad Henne. Before free agency started, the Jaguars and Henne agreed on a two-year, $8 million contract. For the last two seasons, Henne has started 19 of a possible 32 games for a team that’s won six games over the last two seasons. His 2013 stat line included 3,241 yards with 13 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
Not only are they paying him more than Fitzpatrick for equal-or-worse production, but they expect him to start Week 1, even if they use the No. 3 pick on a quarterback. It’s safe to say that they don’t expect to compete for the 2014 AFC South crown. It looks like the Titans and Houston Texans are the teams who’ll try to dethrone the Indianapolis Colts from atop the division leader board.
Having a better No. 2 quarterback would provide reassurance when one considers Jake Locker‘s oft-injured nature. But unless they draft somebody who can compete with Fitzpatrick, management has already complimented Fitzpatrick and are satisfied with him for any tough situations that occur. He’s making about as much as a veteran quarterback of his caliber should make.
Don’t expect any changes here.