New York Jets targeting Ryan Fitzpatrick


Will Monday's flurry of quarterback movement in Houston lead Ryan Fitzpatrick to the New York Jets?

With the Texans planning to sign both Ryan Mallett and former Browns passer Brian Hoyer, Fitzpatrick looms as a strong candidate for release. If (and when) that happens, Fitzpatrick would emerge as a top target for Gang Green, according to NFL Media's Albert Breer.

The Jets showed interest in signing Hoyer, but Breer was told that New York -- with plenty of money to spend -- is higher on Fitzpatrick. Why? The Amish Rifle is bound to be less expensive than Hoyer and would land in Gotham with a built-in knowledge of play-caller Chan Gailey's offense. Fitzpatrick played under Gailey for three seasons with the Bills, doing enough to earn a six-year, $59 million contract extension in 2011 -- a pact the mediocre Fitzpatrick never came close to seeing through.

The Jets are down to slim pickings on the ghastly free-agent quarterback market after watching Josh McCown, Hoyer, Mallett and Matt Cassel go elsewhere. Fitzpatrick is no savior, but he would provide a safe veteran option to compete with the eternally hot-and-cold Geno Smith.

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