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Report: Jets calling Fitzpatrick’s bluff, think they can get him back

Brandon Marshall AP

While there were reports yesterday that talks between the Jets and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick were still “far apart,” that doesn’t mean his time in New York is over.

According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the Jets still want to bring Fitzpatrick back, and are doing a little bluff-calling of their own.

He describes the Jets as thinking Fitzpatrick is worth around $15 million, which seems reasonable enough. At least until you consider Sam Bradford’s making $18 million per year for two, and Kirk Cousins is getting $19.9 million for one.

Mehta points to the fact that agent Jimmy Sexton represents not only Fitzpatrick, but also Brock Osweiler, perhaps the only other viable starting quarterback candidate on the market. That allows Sexton a certain place of influence in the market, able to dictate the terms at the most important position for a number of teams. Sexton also represents Jets defensive tackle Damon Harrison, who they would like to keep.

So for now, they’ll let Sexton shop around to see if there’s another team out there who will overpay for Fitzpatrick. It could backfire on them, leaving them without a guy the staff wants around for another few years, in a market lacking replacement options.

Or it could just be the natural evolution of a negotiation, played out in front of a hungry media.

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29 Responses to “Report: Jets calling Fitzpatrick’s bluff, think they can get him back”
  1. boobsanders says: Mar 8, 2016 6:37 AM

    When did Osweiler become a “viable starting QB”? He got benched for arguably the worst starting QB in the NFL last year, after taking over for him because of how bad he was. I mean he has upside, but so does every other young QB. He hasn’t proven anything yet, he started what, 7 games? Had arguably the best defense in history back him up and some great weapons around him.

  2. jets4everandever says: Mar 8, 2016 6:40 AM

    Look Fitts you had one good season.. stop trying to rob the jets and prove you can do it again.. or can you???

  3. kcflake says: Mar 8, 2016 7:00 AM

    If you saw Fitz in the playoff game (3 INT’s), then you don’t really want him as your starting qb. Choked. I wouldn’t break the bank for him. Chase Daniel is just as good. Chase should have had a shot a long time ago.

  4. amaf21 says: Mar 8, 2016 7:01 AM

    Unlike Cousins, we’ve seen Fitzpatrick’s complete body of work and it stinks. The Jets are doing the right thing here. He’s absolutely high if he thinks he’s in the same situation as Cousins (who may end up stinking but we’ve only seen one full season from him so far which contained both ups and downs so who knows).

  5. weepingjebus says: Mar 8, 2016 7:30 AM

    Calling when their only card is a joker (aka Geno)? Sounds about right.

  6. goingthextramile says: Mar 8, 2016 7:41 AM

    I’m ready to close the book on Ryan Fitzpatrick. Thank you for helping guide the Jets to a successful season in 2015. It was a fun ride, that ended in Buffalo on a sour note. I wish Fitz luck wherever he lands.

  7. 6ball says: Mar 8, 2016 7:58 AM

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    Sign of the coming apocalypse : Ryan Fitzpatrick becomes the highest paid QB in the AFC East.
    .

  8. mymanotis says: Mar 8, 2016 7:59 AM

    Jets are in a tough spot. They have very little cap room. They know in their hearts that Fitz is smart but AVERAGE at best. His surrounding talent carried the day last year. But there is NOTHING else out there and the Baylor boy isn’t ready and might never be. Jets will draft another QB this year and HOPE AGAIN!

  9. urmomsmyho says: Mar 8, 2016 8:06 AM

    Smart move by the Jets, never negotiate against yourself (are there really other suitors?).
    Can’t overpay for Fitzy.

  10. eagleswin says: Mar 8, 2016 8:23 AM

    The Redskins didn’t have a choice. The Eagles panicked though and screwed up the market. They were afraid of having to go with a no name QB. Bradford only signed with the Eagles because the feelers his agent put out to the league hinted that no team was willing to pay him big money based on his college career with his pro career being stuck in neutral.

    Fortunately the Eagles were desperate not to get left at the altar and gave him top 10 QB money for 2 years. Hopefully he works as a bridge QB because if the Eagles cut him after 1 year he will have cost them $22 mill for one year. Has any QB in the league earned more for doing less than Bradford over his career?

  11. edelmanfanclub says: Mar 8, 2016 8:27 AM

    Hes not coming back then.

  12. pats777 says: Mar 8, 2016 8:35 AM

    Smart move by the Jets, never negotiate against yourself (are there really other suitors?).
    ____________

    Well, they better have learned something after the phantom Revis negotiations against themselves..

  13. tigerlilac says: Mar 8, 2016 8:46 AM

    Woody Johnson is confusing his team with the Broncos who actually don’t have to sign anyone because they won the super bowl. The Jets haven’t done that since before man walked on the moon.

  14. stew48 says: Mar 8, 2016 8:47 AM

    Browns. What a move for them.

  15. elyasm says: Mar 8, 2016 8:57 AM

    How much you want to bet Sexy Rexy makes a move to bring him to Buffalo? Twisting the dagger like that would fit his MO perfectly.

  16. dietrich43 says: Mar 8, 2016 9:00 AM

    Bowles did a good job in his first year as HC, and Chan Gailey is a gem as OC. If Gailey can take a journeyman QB and make him look good, he can do it again if necessary.

  17. godfatherd says: Mar 8, 2016 9:21 AM

    I hope someone swoops in and scoops him up. I hate the Jets. Have fun with Geno after management drops the ball

  18. ajg314 says: Mar 8, 2016 9:50 AM

    Yeah, I’m probably wrong and I’ll get jumped on for this, but I’m becoming more and more ticked off at these players who want to suck out every last dollar they can. Absolutely yes, I understand the notion of players getting everything they can. But really, when you’re making millions, do you really need a million or two more? C’mon. These players always talk about being a team player, etc., etc. But then they don’t give two spits if the team is up against the cap and there’s only so much money to dole out without having to gut the team to pay him. I’m no Patriots or Brady fan, but isn’t that what he’s done in New England with his own salary so the team could have money for other players? It’s great that he does that but Fitzpatrick can’t or shouldn’t? Hogwash. Is it any wonder how the Saints have fallen apart since Brees selfishly sucked every dollar out he could for himself? The rest of that team suffered because of it. The Jets give Fitzpatrick the $18 million or so he wants, say goodbye to Damon Harrison, whom the Jets need very much, Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell and who knows who else?

  19. 205diamonds says: Mar 8, 2016 10:12 AM

    ajg314 says:

    Yeah, I’m probably wrong and I’ll get jumped on for this, but I’m becoming more and more ticked off at these players who want to suck out every last dollar they can. Absolutely yes, I understand the notion of players getting everything they can. But really, when you’re making millions, do you really need a million or two more? C’mon. These players always talk about being a team player, etc., etc. But then they don’t give two spits if the team is up against the cap and there’s only so much money to dole out without having to gut the team to pay him. I’m no Patriots or Brady fan, but isn’t that what he’s done in New England with his own salary so the team could have money for other players? It’s great that he does that but Fitzpatrick can’t or shouldn’t? Hogwash. Is it any wonder how the Saints have fallen apart since Brees selfishly sucked every dollar out he could for himself? The rest of that team suffered because of it. The Jets give Fitzpatrick the $18 million or so he wants, say goodbye to Damon Harrison, whom the Jets need very much, Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell and who knows who else?

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    In other sports I would likely agree with you, but football owners have all the muscle and the players have no union backbone. The fact that they can be cut at any time due to non-guaranteed contracts and are often debilitated by the end of their careers (which are generally the shortest in the five major sports, including soccer), means they need to make money while they can.

  20. intrafinesse says: Mar 8, 2016 10:14 AM

    The Jets had a very easy schedule last year (they were 4-12 the prior year, plus due to lock of the rotation they faced weaker divisions). This year they have a much harder schedule (facing the Seahawks and Cardinals rather than Jacksonville). The schedule alone should cost at least 2 more losses. That puts the team at 8-8.
    To make the play offs the Jets would need to find 3 all pro players in this draft. All they would need is a Luke Kuechley/Clay Mathews PLUS a Richard Sherman (in the 5th round) PLUS a great left tackle (DBrickshaw Ferguson can shift to RT and they can cut Brenno Giacomini).
    Throw in another average starting line backer while you are at it.

    And – Brandon Marshall and Ryan Fitzpatrick will have to be as good as they were.

    Not likely to happen.

  21. eagles512 says: Mar 8, 2016 10:19 AM

    He definitely is worse than Bradford and Cousins

  22. 6thsense10 says: Mar 8, 2016 10:23 AM

    ajg314,

    I’m sick of fans whining about another man’said money. When players are getting cut or getting forced to take a paycut no fan cares. When players outplay their contract and want a raise to reflect this fans like you call them greedy. Now you want players to take less so you feel better. Once a player has leverage people like you start talking about team this and that. Go back and look at how many players in the league will cut players or force players to take a paycut and come back and tell us about this sacred team concept. Didn’t the Jets themselves just get through cutting some vets in the middle of their contract?

    And you sit here complaining about players not thinking about the team being up against the salary cap and why in the world should there? The salary cap limits player salary now you want them to limit it even more to pacify you? Stop it. So because a GM can’t balance his salary cap players should take less knowing the team can cut him or reduce his salary even further?

    If you can’t afford to pay a player his market value let him get it in free agency and move on.

  23. intrafinesse says: Mar 8, 2016 10:27 AM

    >>godfatherd says:
    Mar 8, 2016 9:21 AM
    I hope someone swoops in and scoops him up. I hate the Jets. Have fun with Geno after management drops the ball

    As a Jets fan, I’m ok with him leaving if a team over pays him.
    Gen sucks but I’m ok with him starting for one year.
    We get to see if he’s improved under Todd Bowles (and away from Rex Ryan).
    If not, his contract is up and he leaves, plus the Jets get a good drat spot in 2017 and can draft a QB.
    I’ll put up with a bad year so as to not lose other players, since Fitzpatrick isn’t a long term solution anyway.

    And if the 10% chance Comes through and Gen turns out to have improved and be a fair QB (similar in effectiveness to Fitzpatrick), then he can be the care taker QB for a while, until the jets can find a better QB.

  24. steelerben says: Mar 8, 2016 11:32 AM

    The most important numbers in the Fitzmagic negotiations are 10/28/2011 – 3/12/2013.

  25. tylawspick6 says: Mar 8, 2016 4:06 PM

    The Jets don’t even know what calling someone’s bluff even means.

    They’re the Jets.

    PLENTY of teams need a legit starting QB.

    Like Denver.

  26. ajg314 says: Mar 8, 2016 4:18 PM

    6thsense10, sorry but I will respectfully and totally disagree with you.

    Josh Alper wrote this in his article about Richie Incognito re-signing with the Bills:

    “Incognito couldn’t have been blamed for wanting to maximize what’s likely to be his last shot at the open market, but there’s a lot to be said for staying where you’re comfortable and Incognito looked right at home with Buffalo last year.”

    That’s basically what I said about Ryan Fitzpatrick. Are you listening Fitzpatrick?

  27. nflgtcfl says: Mar 8, 2016 4:40 PM

    For 1-2 years pay the man to keep the Jets on the upswing. Draft a QB late, or trade for someone with promise.

    Longer then 1-2 years at big money is flat out stupid.

  28. boltbacker619 says: Mar 8, 2016 6:42 PM

    It’s a shame these QBs of today. Yesterday these same guys. Would be making 3-4 million a year 15,18,20 million? This Is robbery. Cousins Fitz and Bradford are all mediocre at best. None will take a team to the promise land I guarantee it.

  29. Tuco_S says: Mar 10, 2016 3:52 PM

    who cares??? they still have GENO!!! ohhh nm

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