Neglected Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Hoyer show how much final impressions matter

It’s a quarterback frenzy! One week into the new league year, quarterbacks with question marks named Sam Bradford, Kirk Cousins and Brock Osweiler have been handed contracts/tenders that will pay them a combined total of $56 million a year.

And yet Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Hoyer can’t get any love, despite the fact both veteran pivots put up numbers in 2015 that were as good as if not better than those belonging to the three guys above.

Fitzpatrick has been badly low-balled by the Jets, who have reportedly offered around $7 million a year. That’s about what Chase Daniel is getting as a backup in Philadelphia. Meanwhile, Hoyer has been replaced by Osweiler, despite the fact he was substantially better than Osweiler on paper while helping get the Texans to the playoffs in 2015.

What’s the deal? Well, it doesn’t help that both are on the wrong side of 30. But don’t overlook the fact both quarterbacks left bad tastes in their respective teams’ mouths.

New York’s 2015 campaign came to an end when Fitzpatrick threw three interceptions in the final 10 minutes of a close do-or-die game against the Buffalo Bills, costing his team a chance to punch a ticket to the playoffs. And Houston’s 2015 campaign came to an end when Hoyer turned the ball over five times in an incredibly embarrassing 30-0 wild-card loss at home to the Kansas City Chiefs.

And now it seems their respective teams are ready to move on.

Tough business.

About Brad Gagnon

Brad Gagnon has been passionate about both sports and mass media since he was in diapers -- a passion that won't die until he's in them again. Based in Toronto, he's worked as a national NFL blog editor at, a producer and writer at theScore Television Network and a host, reporter and play-by-play voice at Rogers TV. His work has also appeared at, Deadspin,, The Guardian, The Hockey News and elsewhere at Comeback Media, but his day gig has him covering the NFL nationally for Bleacher Report.