NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Journeyman quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick says he wants to settle down in New York, and the feeling just might be mutual.
A day after a tough season-ending loss in Buffalo, the Jets quarterback told WFAN’s Mike Francesa on Monday he would like to return to the team in 2016.READ MORE: 'The Loss Of A Hero': New York Mourns Death Of 22-Year-Old NYPD Officer Jason Rivera
“I’d love to be back, and some of that stuff is out of my control,” said Fitzpatrick, who will be a free agent. “There’s a lot … going on in the next few months. But yeah, I had a great time this year. I think it’s a good group of guys.”
Meanwhile on Monday, coach Todd Bowles said if Fitzpatrick is back he would be the team’s starting quarterback, the New York Daily News reported.
Fitzpatrick set a Jets franchise record with 31 touchdowns after taking over as the starter when Geno Smith’s jaw was broken by a punch from then-teammate Ikemefuna Enemkpali in August.READ MORE: Dozens Gather In Harlem To Pray For Families Of NYPD Officers Shot While Responding To Domestic Dispute
But with the Jets (10-6) needing a win to make the playoffs, Fitzpatrick was intercepted in each of New York’s final three possessions against the Bills in a 22-17 loss Sunday.
“It was obviously a very emotional day. It was tough. It hurt a lot,” Fitzpatrick told Francesa.
Fitzpatrick, who has played for six teams in 11 seasons, said he believes the Jets are building a winner under Bowles, who just completed his first season with the team.
“Today, I talked with some of the guys, and just kind of the growth that we showed throughout the year and the way that we came together, kind of some of the chemistry that was built, I think there’s definitely things you can take away from the season.”MORE NEWS: Lashawn McNeil, Suspect In Deadly Harlem Police Shooting, Was On Probation, Had 5 Prior Arrests
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