Ryan Fitzpatrick is still without a job, and his “good friend” Carson Palmer does not understand why that is.

The Cardinals quarterback, who, like Fitzpatrick, knows a thing or two about being propped up by a fantastic supporting cast and melting down in his team’s biggest game of the season, took up for the free agent passer while speaking to ESPN’s Rich Cimini:

“I don’t know the exact numbers [of the offer], but I know Ryan very well,” Palmer said. “He’s a good friend of mine, he’s an ex-teammate of mine, and I know what he means to a locker room. I know what he means on the field.

“He’s been a great player for them,” Palmer continued. “I hope they take care of him the way they should because he means so much to that team. That team wants him there, and they have a legit shot with him at quarterback.”

By all accounts, Fitzpatrick is a tremendous teammate, but that doesn’t change the fact that he’s a turnover-prone gun slinger with decaying arm strength.

Palmer is wrong: The Jets do not have a legit shot — I’m assuming he means at a Super Bowl — with or without Fitzpatrick. The team will have one of the tougher schedules in the league in 2016 after enjoying one of the easiest slates in 2015. Even if Fitzpatrick and the offense replicates the success they enjoyed last season, it’s unlikely the team is able to match its 10-6 record, which still wasn’t enough to make the postseason a year ago.

The Jets should have no interest in going 8-8, which is likely their ceiling with Fitzpatrick behind center. That is, unless he somehow develops into a top quarterback at age-33 after years of mediocre play.

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