Fitzpatrick sees Titans as new start after Bills
Updated March 25, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Fitzpatrick saw the writing on the wall in
Buffalo and is embracing his new role with the Titans.
The quarterback said Monday he knew it was likely that his days as the
Bills' starter was over when head coach Chan Gailey was fired after
So when Buffalo released him at the start of free agency, Fitzpatrick
took advantage of the NFL owners meetings near his Phoenix-area home
last week to meet with prospective suitors.
Fitzpatrick met with Titans coach Mike Munchak and general manager
Ruston Webster who needed a backup quarterback after being unable to
renegotiate Matt Hasselbeck's contract.
"It was a nice coincidence for me to be able to go out there to the
hotel in Phoenix and meet with a few teams," Fitzpatrick said. "I
didn't have to get on an airplane. That was nice to be able to sit down
with a few teams and to feel wanted and they respect the work that you
do in the last few years. For me, it's a new start."
Fitzpatrick had 80 touchdowns and 64 interceptions in 55 games with the
Bills. He also met with the Cincinnati Bengals in Phoenix. He had
played for the Bengals in 2007-08 but decided on the Titans sight
unseen for the chance as Jake Locker's backup.
"I wanted to find a nice role for me to come in and more than likely
help a young guy," Fitzpatrick said. "I thought that would be something
that was important to look for and for me a great opportunity to come
in. For me, (it's) a great opportunity to come in and help Jake. I
don't know Jake at all, but I want to be there for him and be ready to
play if anything happens.
Fitzpatrick threw for 3,800 yards with 24 touchdowns and 16
interceptions last year and had been the Bills' primary starter since
He said going back to being a backup will be a challenge after four
years as a starter in Buffalo. He has a family with four children and
had roots in Buffalo along with a six-year, $59 million deal he signed
in October 2011.
"I thought we had made some progress, not necessarily in the record,
but you want to build a place and finish what you started, and we
weren't able to do that," Fitzpatrick. "But that's what happens in this
league. You move on and you find another opportunity and another great
spot, and that's what I'm looking for here."