Jets not interested in one-year, $12 million for Fitzpatrick

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The Jets and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick continue to find agreement in their disagreement.

With Fitzpatrick reportedly now willing to take $12 million for one year, the Jets reportedly aren’t willing to pay it. That’s the word from Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

It’s no surprise. The pending three-year offer that would pay Fitzpatrick $12 million in the first year has two extra years attached to it in order to lessen the 2016 cap charge for one of the few teams that currently has cap issues. If, for example, the pending offer from the Jets includes a $9 million signing bonus and a $3 million salary in 2016, Fitzpatrick would count only $6 million against the cap this season. Under his proposed one-year contract, the cap hit becomes $12 million.

Meanwhile, it’s safe to say that Fitzpatrick would gladly take a one-year, $12 million offer from another team. But no one has offered or will offer him that kind of money, proving yet again that he wants the Jets to pay him more than his actual market value.

The bigger question is whether $12 million is Fitzpatrick’s bottom-line position or his opener. If it’s the latter, the question becomes whether what he’d take and what the team would pay on a one-year deal will intersect.

107 responses to “Jets not interested in one-year, $12 million for Fitzpatrick

  1. Still feel like Fitzpatrick has all the leverage here. He’s already said he could retire, so he isn’t worried about the money if the price isn’t right. He can just sit back and wait for the Jets to cave, or wait for another quality teams starter to go down and work something out with them. Fitzpatrick is playing this situation perfectly.

  2. He should tell the Jets to go away and wait for the inevitable injuries around the league.

    He’ll be the best option available and he’ll get the money he wants.

  3. Jets need him more than he needs the Jets, you’re stuck with Geno, Bryce or the Hackmaster.. Jets have a fairly decent team but without a QB, they’ll be 7-9 or 6-10

  4. If I were Fitzpatrick, I’d be careful. This would be the first time Geno Smith had some weapons to throw to not named Jeremy Kerley. This may be Fitzpatricks version of getting his jaw broken over some dollars.

  5. He should take whatever they’re willing to offer, play one more year and retire. For an Ivy League guy, this should not be that difficult.

  6. There is more to this than “market value”. While the contract others are willing to pay certainly has a place in the conversation, Fitzgerald is certainly free to sign (or not sign) for any value he chooses. I am sure he has made millions of dollars over his career, so I doubt he will be destitute if he chooses not not sign a deal that he thinks is less than he is worth.

    Fitzgerald’s leverage is not solely based upon what others are willing to pay.

  7. The Jets are in Salary Cap Hell, and can’t afford to pay Fitzpatrick market value.

    Challenge is – are they comfortable going into the season with Gino Smith as their starter?

    Also – is Ryan willing to potentially sit out the season, or wait to see if another team comes calling before he accepts $6 million?

    That is what will determine who has leverage.

    I did a quick google search and saw he has made $39 million in salary/bonus over his 11 seasons. It’s possible that he doesnt need to work any more, and will only work for his number…

  8. There’s no way the Jets can say they believe in Geno. But maybe this is their indirect way of saying it? Or they could hedging on how Geno does the first part of training camp before giving money to Fitzpatrick.

  9. Geno was the Starting QB in 2015 until… let him finish out 2016 by proving he belongs, or ship him out.

  10. A one-year “prove it” deal seems like the perfect option for the Jets.

    Either Fitz proves to be a franchise guy or hopefully Petty or Hack can show you enough by next year where one of them can take the ball.

  11. Uh oh…trouble in paradise.

    It’s OK, Jets fans. You can keep hanging on every word of the Tom Brady suspension saga to lift your spirits.

    #jest

  12. In a must win game in Week 17 he completed 46% of his passes and had 3 INTs. After that performance it might be better to give someone else a shot.

  13. I don’t understand how the Jets can low ball their number #1 QB to this degree. A three year deal that averages 8 million when the league average is more then double that. And then try to win the publicity war by putting out miss information. Dumb.

  14. If by Fitzpatrick’s actual market value you mean his current value – right now – that doesn’t mean he should commit to a low-ball offer for the next three years.

  15. They may come to regret this decision. Fitz made them relevant again last season, and it appears he has the respect of the other players on the team. I have no dogs in this race, just my 2 cents……

  16. Brady doesnt miss a game ..Bellichick trade Jimmy G for picks and signs Fitzy to back up Brady…….once again he sticks it to the Jets…………haha

  17. Fitz is essentially saying, he isn’t taking the 1 year deal because he believes he is a starting QB in the NFL, and doesn’t want the additional years that pay back up QB numbers. The Jets have to at least respect this reasoning. Who wants a starting QB that would resign himself to signing a contract with a built in demotion?

  18. After Mr Butt Fumble starts 0-3 or 1-2, the Broncos will sign Fitz and probably return to the SB.

  19. Remember when everyone was lauding Maccagnan and the Jets for spending all their cap space in free agency? How has that worked out? Their salary cap is a mess, they can’t fit Fitzpatrick unless he takes a crazy deal that will work with the tiny bit of room they have left, Revis is declining and still expensive and, despite all those additions, they still missed the playoffs in a season where they played a cupcake schedule. Let’s see how that works out this season when they have to play half their schedule against last season’s playoff teams

  20. Crazy the Jets are still messing around with this. Their fallback is letting Gino Smith start which is a bit like pulling a gun on somebody and telling him if he doesn’t give you his wallet you’ll shoot yourself.

    The Broncos were in a similar situation and in this same amount of time moved on from Manning, passed on paying big bucks to Osweiler, brought in a short-term starter in Sanchez, and traded up in the draft to get Paxton Lynch.

  21. Fitz has all the leverage. How are the Jets going to look when Geno goes out and falls on his face. That team is built to win now and those guys can’t risk looking like total idiots. Hopefully Fitz won’t cave I don’t see it.

  22. wallabear says:
    Jun 2, 2016 8:12 AM

    Geno was the Starting QB in 2015 until… let him finish out 2016 by proving he belongs, or ship him out.

    He’s worthless and he does not belong. The punchout was the best moment in Jets history since SB III.

  23. tooz72 says:
    Jun 2, 2016 7:52 AM
    Jets need him more than he needs the Jets, you’re stuck with Geno, Bryce or the Hackmaster.. Jets have a fairly decent team but without a QB, they’ll be 7-9 or 6-10
    _____________________

    Take a look at their schedule, it is brutal. They are going to be 7-9 or 6-10 with Fitz, 4-12 or 5-11 without him.

  24. It’s better to pay him $12 million than Sam Bradford $18 million!

    Woody Johnson deserves his team to flop on him. He paid Buster Skrine and Antonio Cromartie a lot of money. Plus, he still has David Harris and kept Rex Ryan and Bart Scott for at least one year too long.

    No find finds anything wrong with all of this???

    Woody Johnson has Nearly all of the money in the world. This is nothing for him.

  25. @TB12RALLYCRYBABY says World Domination Tour along with Tee Hee and his new name along with weepinjeebus. Bet you are all science majors right?

    Jets need to get with Fitz and come to a common ground. They cannot go a year with Geno.

  26. If the Jets need the 2 extra years for cap purposes… fine.

    If they either let those years be voidable by Fitz, or have an option bonus payable at the start of year two and reasonable salaries for years 2 and 3 where everyone knows it’s a one year deal….

    Either Fitz opts out or the Jets decline to pick up the option. Then they can get him in for one year at a 2016 cap number that they can live with.

  27. He should tell the Jets to go away and wait for the inevitable injuries around the league.

    He’ll be the best option available and he’ll get the money he wants.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    See Vinny Testerverde

  28. If I were Fitz, there is no way I would sign with a team that clearly doesn’t value what I bring to the table. No matter what anyone thinks, they aree disrespecting him. I would just wait for an injury and sign somewhere else later into the year, yes, even if it is for less money. Screw the Jets. They are willing to pay everyone but the most important position on the team? lol Have a great season. Bye.

  29. This is Goodell’s parity dream: mediocre teams and mediocre players in staring contests over whether to go 6-10 or really lay it all on the line for 8-8. That it is happening to his precious Jets is perfect.

  30. The jets have been a dumpster fire for quite a while.
    How much are they paying Meeevis?
    They really want to have a go with Geno??

    Fitz should walk away and wait for a real team to come calling.
    With the current QB market, it shouldn’t take too long.

    Forget the jets.

  31. clelek05 says:
    Jun 2, 2016 8:54 AM
    New England should sign him and handcuff the Jets. I know they won’t but that would be a Belichick-ian thing to do.
    —————

    What??? Overpaying and wasting a roster spot can be described as a lot of things but Belichickian they are not. Not sure I understand my fellow Pats fans piling on the Jets. Their fans don’t troll the Pats to anywhere near the extent the Bills fans do never mind the loser fish fans. Plenty of Jets fans have called out framegate

  32. It’s his market value now because the Jets talked about how bad they wanted him, then they took forever to make him a low-ball offer, and now every other team has their QB1 spot filled.

  33. Oh, and stop mentioning he went to Harvard. It was a football scholarship, and if he was any good he’d have been offered one at a top football program.

    Veteran minimum sounds generous here

  34. Fitz is over playing his hand……..he is not going to retire even if they pay him $5M…..

  35. This is the most pathetic stand off I’ve ever seen. It’s obvious Fitzpatrick overachieved for a year despite choking in the game that mattered the most.

    They could be better of starting Geno or Hackenberg. Either they’d heed the call or land them in prime position to draft a better quarterback. People are acting like Fitz is Aaron Rogers

  36. brendafortheboyz says:
    Jun 2, 2016 8:35 AM
    They may come to regret this decision. Fitz made them relevant again last season, and it appears he has the respect of the other players on the team. I have no dogs in this race, just my 2 cents……
    _________________

    That sounds about right until you put it under the microscope. The schedule had a lot to do with last year’s performance. They are not playing the AFCS and NFCE this year. In addition to their own division they are up against the AFCN and the NFCW. They would need a Rodgers, Brees, Brady type to get 10 wins with that schedule. As far as the respect of other players goes, do they respect him to the point of taking a haircut or an outright cut to come up with the additional $9M in cap space to sign him? I have no horse in the race either but this is a fascinating scenario.

  37. tombreck2 says:
    Jun 2, 2016 8:19 AM
    In a must win game in Week 17 he completed 46% of his passes and had 3 INTs. After that performance it might be better to give someone else a shot.

    ——————
    Sounds like a typical Andy Dalton playoff performance.

  38. nyfootballgiants says:
    Jun 2, 2016 8:10 AM
    The Jets are in Salary Cap Hell, and can’t afford to pay Fitzpatrick market value.

    Challenge is – are they comfortable going into the season with Gino Smith as their starter?

    Also – is Ryan willing to potentially sit out the season, or wait to see if another team comes calling before he accepts $6 million?

    That is what will determine who has leverage.

    I did a quick google search and saw he has made $39 million in salary/bonus over his 11 seasons. It’s possible that he doesnt need to work any more, and will only work for his number…
    ___________________________________

    Well written

  39. Fits is without a doubt the best free agent QB on the market this off season and the jets are playing games, just not football. I don’t get it. If I were a jets fan I’d take up hockey

  40. harrisonhits2 says:
    Jun 2, 2016 7:51 AM

    He should tell the Jets to go away and wait for the inevitable injuries around the league.

    He’ll be the best option available and he’ll get the money he wants.
    ================

    The only problem with that logic, is that by the time that happens, it will be very unlikely a team has $12 mil in salary cap space to sign him. The Jags and Raiders have had $80 mil in space the last few years, but they don’t have that anymore, and I don’t know if anyone has $12 mil. And the odds that the few that can afford him are also the team that has their QB go down is probably unlikely. When its all said and done, if it is about money, he will get the most from the Jets

  41. pittsburghdamned says:
    Jun 2, 2016 10:01 AM
    Oh, and stop mentioning he went to Harvard. It was a football scholarship, and if he was any good he’d have been offered one at a top football program.
    =====

    Harvard doesn’t give football scholarships. But don’t let your complete lack of accurate information stop you from having a strong opinion.

  42. I’m a Patriots fan, and can absolutely appreciate this type of STABILITY. He played excellent and hasn’t made too many poor decisions.
    12 million / year is well worthy investment for a QB like this. Better option than Geno Smith. If I were a Jets fan, I’d love to see the team taking this direction at this time. He plays with lots of heart!

  43. The problem for old Fitzy is that NFL teams have long memories. Everyone is aware of what happened the last time a team rewarded him for one good season with a big money contract.

    After a good 2010 and a great start in 2011, The Bills handed him a $59m extension in October. He then proceeded to finish the season with a league high 23 Ints. In 2012 he was again mediocre and got cut. Since then, he’s been on different team every year.

    He overplayed his hand and lost. I have no idea what the people on here who think he has “all the leverage” are thinking. Every team that had a QB hole picked someone else.

  44. Micronin is right, they should just do a player option for years 2 and 3. My guess is the Jest don’t want to give up that control either.

  45. The Jets are in Cap hell because of Mevis. Now they can’t afford $12 Million for a QB that threw 31 TD’s. Broncos were in Cap trouble, but at least they won the Super Bowl.Woody Johnson is a joke along with the entire organization.

  46. Jets management is now officially stupid. To be splitting hairs so ridiculously over the one variable that will make them a contender, or not.

    They are completely screwed without Fitzpatrick. With him, they’re arguably the second-best team in the division and have a realistic shot at the playoffs.

    And the team is putting that at risk for the sake of a few million dollars.

    Raise your hands, every team that would like instant playoff contention for a few million dollars more (sees 31 hands go up).

  47. lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    Jun 2, 2016 10:39 AM

    He overplayed his hand and lost. I have no idea what the people on here who think he has “all the leverage” are thinking. Every team that had a QB hole picked someone else.

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    I think it’s safe to say that every other team assumed he’d already be re-signed by the Jets, and would cost too much to pry away.

    If you could go back in time and tell every other team he’d be available for a reasonable price, and that the Jets would be playing this kind of game, he’d be somewhere else now.

  48. GM “El Cheapo Elway” seems to think he can win with a mediocre QB and a great defense. But Jets don’t have a great defense? The new question is can they win with a mediocre defense and QB?

  49. Kind of common sense that they wouldn’t want Fitz for 1 year. They’d like at least 2 out of him while signed to a 3 year deal. If they cannot get that, they’re setting themselves back by not allowing another QB to develop in the meantime or preparing for a better long-term solution. Fitz is a good quarterback and the Jets unfortunately put themselves in this position. Fitz is playing his cards correctly albeit the fans may not enjoy this. Business being business, good to see a decent (not cusping good or great) player finally having the leverage in the deal.

  50. The Jets don’t need him at all because:
    1 – they face a harder schedule this year and even with Fitz can’t make the playoffs or even do better than 8-8

    2 – they are an old team that needs to rebuild. Better to put that 12MM towards keeping Sheldon Richardson and Mo Wilkerson

    3 – If the Eagles could void Chase Daniel’s contract, they would do so. If Fitz was worth so much, other teams would have signed him. They didn’t and he’s not worth what his agent is asking.

    4 – by starting Geno Smith there is a small chance that Geno has improved and could be their QB for the next few years until they find a better one. And if Geno is terrible, they go 6-10 instead of 8-8, so what? Geno is younger with more uside and the only way to see if he has improved is to play him. He would have started last year but he got hurt,

  51. This isn’t that complicated. You just give him an option to get out after year 1 that’s iron clad.

    Believe me, there is plenty of cap magic they can use to make it happen.

    They want cheap control of him during years 2 and 3. He doesn’t want that. I understand his position.

  52. This is simply untrue, the Jets have no chance at the playoffs.
    The Jets faced a very weak scedule in 2015 and face a much harder one in 2016. They have no chance at the playoffs. Marshall is a year older, and it’s unlikely that Fitz, Decker, Marshall all have similar years.

    With Fitz, I can see the Jets at 8-8 this year. I would rather save 12MM and go 6-10. Geno may be worse than Fitz but not by more than a couple of games, and he may improve.

    >>kevpft says:
    Jun 2, 2016 10:58 AM
    Jets management is now officially stupid. To be splitting hairs so ridiculously over the one variable that will make them a contender, or not.

    They are completely screwed without Fitzpatrick. With him, they’re arguably the second-best team in the division and have a realistic shot at the playoffs.

    And the team is putting that at risk for the sake of a few million dollars.

    Raise your hands, every team that would like instant playoff contention for a few million dollars more (sees 31 hands go up).

  53. kevpft says:Jun 2, 2016 11:01 AM

    I think it’s safe to say that every other team assumed he’d already be re-signed by the Jets, and would cost too much to pry away.

    If you could go back in time and tell every other team he’d be available for a reasonable price, and that the Jets would be playing this kind of game, he’d be somewhere else now.

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    You do realize there is a thing called a salary cap right? Splitting hairs? One year $12 Million equals a $12 million cap hit this year. They don’t have that much left, no one would. That’s why teams sign multi-year deals so they can spread it out. Did you even read the article.

    Fitz is an average QB that no one in the league wanted this offseason because they didn’t have faith that this year was anything but a fluke. Look at the stats. Fitz was second in the sport in deflected passes. That tells you he got very lucky and should have thrown more INTs. Ron Jaworski studied every pass he threw and said he easily should have had 25 INTS and wouldn’t touch him. He’s not the future QB. It’d be nice to have him back but it’s about supply and demand and there is no demand for him.

    If you think even an injury will get Fitz what he’s asking for you have no idea what you are talking about. If someone gets hurt and he signs, it’ll be for way less because once again teams have a SALARY CAP. Once you get to this point in the football year teams are capped out. He would have to take a minimum deal.

  54. At this point Fitzgerald is just insulted. And it really is an insult. Imagine this……you work for a company and you give them the best year they’ve had in years. You have your best year ever….you have the best year the company has gotten out of your position in over a decade…….and the company “rewards” you with an offer that pays less than half what the average person at your position makes. How many of you out there would happily sign on the dotted line?

    Heck some of you would be so insulted you might sign for less elsewhere rather than work for the company again.

    This remind me of the Thomas Jones situation when he had a career year rushing for 1400+ yards and the Jets came back and demanded he take a pay cut for the upcoming year. When he refused they cut him and went with that young “stud” Shon Greene. The Jets are a joke.

  55. Going 8-8 isn’t a goal. If the player isn’t worth the money, don’t pay him. The Jets have been looking for a QB for 40 years and I’ve never seen them overpay for guy other than Neil O’Donnell. No one has ever been with it and Fitz isn’t now. Geno is an excellent bridge into a 4-12 season and a good pick. I think the Jets see this season as that. The sched is brutal and the roster needs to remove a few old guys with bad cap numbers.

  56. The longer this goes on the worse the Jets look. You mean to tell me that the Jets spent so much on the rest of the team that they forgot to leave open enough cap space to settle the most important position in the game of football? They look like fools.

    Not only that, but they have basically disrespected the best quarterback they’ve had since Brett Favre, and a player who has respect in the Jets locker room, and insinuated that he is merely a backup in this league.

    Not to mention their trying to influence the minds of people by peddling half-truths in the media.

    How do the two sides even reconcile without the Jets caving in? If I was Fitz I might just want to hold out and see if another team that is also stacked with talent — and has better management — actually wants my services.

  57. One of the reasons I don’t like salary caps. In theory, a team would gladly increase the AAV for a shorter term, but in the NFL- where the bonus is spread out and years 2 and beyond are functionally a series of 1 year options- it’s just not that simple.

  58. Jets are idiots. How do you have a cap increasing at 10 mill+ a year for several years, know it’s going to to that for several more (and probably accelerate), yet not leave a piece of the pie for a fricking QB?

    MORONS.

    Then you low ball the best statistical QB you’ve ever had by giving him backup money with decreasing compensation each year.

    Fitzpatrick swallows his pride and is willing to risk losing out via injury or playing worse, aka betting on himself, and the Jets say no?

    They are morons.

    This isn’t how you run a team, and 4-12 won’t likely get you a QBOF. You can always cut older guys to get your cap space better and some of it might roll off next year. So why screw everything up for this year? It’s stupid.

    They aren’t overpaying Fitz by offering him BACKUP money. People need to get that through their heads.

    EVERYONE IN THE NFL IS OVERPAID. They aren’t making minimum wage, but more than the average Joe does in 20+ years (and that’s the NFL MINIMUM SALARY).

    So, by NFL standards, what they offered is backup QB money.

    People also need to realize, there might not be a QB worthy of a #1 pick next year, and 4-12, means you’ll be looking at the 2nd or 3rd best QB. You don’t sabotage your season for that. That’s dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb…..DUMB.

    Finally this is the sort of thing that can derail an entire coaching regime. Go ahead and waste Todd Bowles, because doing the above is the way you do it.

  59. I tuned into that last game for the Jets cringing, because at no time have I ever seen Fitzpatrick do anything other than what he did, and it was sad. If only they just had a decent QB….

  60. If Geno Smith is the answer, I don’t even want know what the question is.

    my guess, what does a wasted 2nd round draft pick look like after turning into a 2 bit punk ass in the locker room?

  61. I don’t think the Jets should sign Fitzpatrick for any price to be honest, he has a career year with a great supporting cast and even still he threw them out of the playoffs. Do you think he’ll get better at age 33? The guy wasn’t even beating out Geno Smith in camp last year, he’s been on 6 different teams in his career and never been to the playoffs. I understand Fitzpatrick trying to get paid when a lot of unproven guys got paid a lot of money this offseason, but the difference is none of those guys has been in the league for a decade and have a track record of mediocrity, at least those others teams can convince themselves their QB can get better. Now Fitzpatrick has almost no leverage, he has no market and the Jets aren’t overreacting to one decent year

  62. I just think people are forgetting this is Ryan Fitzpatrick. One decent year in which he ultimately throws the team out of the playoffs seems to make people forget the decade of mediocrity from him. This is the same guy who lost his job to Ryan Mallet in Houston and was getting beat out by Geno last year in camp. He isn’t all of a sudden a good QB and he’s not even a good game manager, he makes horrific decisions with the ball and was frankly lucky to only have 15 interceptions. Combine that with poor accuracy and a weak arm and you have a disaster waiting to happen.

  63. 31 other teams also believe he’s not worth 12 mill/yr, let the crusade go.

    They missed the playoffs with him, they can miss the playoffs without him.

    He’s a mediocre QB who is getting overhyped. He lucked into a good situation last year which included an easy schedule. The schedule this year is alot harder. You are going to see more games like the week 17 game if Fitz starts this year. At that point the same people screaming for the Jets to sign him will be screaming at the Jets for signing the overpaid bum.

    I’d trade Sam Bradford for the jets but the Eagles are the only team dumb enough to give him $22 mill guaranteed. Even the Jets won’t touch that.

  64. The Jets don’t want this guy. Period-over-flat out. If they did, he would be there. And those other, on the bubble old vets like Brandon Marshall, and Eric Decker, better shut their divisive pie holes too. Or they’ll be shown Todd Bowles door pretty fast. The Jets want to go young at that QB position. And they should. They have 3 young gunslingers with potential competing. And one will emerge as their go too guy. Fitzpatrick is a proven backup, asking for Franchise/Starting QB money. He has zero leverage. The Jets know exactly what he is. And what he will bring. And a potential Super Bowl, or perennial playoff threat is nowhere to be found in his resume. Neither is it for Marshall or Decker. So they better cool their Jets (no pun intended) with knifing the youngsters.

  65. This is what happens when you spend too much money on positions other than QB. Now you have to low ball a guy who did a very good job for you team last year. This sends a bad message to both players and fans. And those who are encouraged by Geno Smith in the OTA’s. Well many a player looked good in shorts and when the bell rang they are still awful.

  66. Not all employees are equal. Show me an organization that thinks each employee is a replaceable commodity and I will show you a failed organization.

  67. The talk of the NYJs being in “cap hell” is ridiculous. Please point out any team in the NFL that can’t fit a team under the cap? It’s a matter of numbers long term. Do you really think that if the NYJs had the room they would throw Fitz more money? In the Tannenbaum years, maybe, as he threw money at a butt-hurt Sanchez. That was then this is now.

    Fitz was bought in last year as a backup. The Jets had all the tools for Geno to have a stellar year. Geno gets punched, and Fitz steps into a rose garden. All the tools any QB short of Rogers, Brees or Brady could want and would use to take a team to the playoffs, and he COULDN’T GET IT DONE. Now he wants starter money? There IS an offer on the table for a bottom tier starting QB on the table. And the NYJs can’t make it a one year deal (mostly because Metha thinks it’s a good idea) because that would put all his salary against this years cap, instead of spreading it out over 3. It’s a stupid idea on the face of it.

    I like Fitz. He’s a gritty player and a positive guy on the field, sidelines and locker room. And he’s not going to sign during OTAs. Either he’ll sign before mandatory training camp starts, or the NYJs move on with Geno. Who, thanks to Fitz, is getting all the team 1 reps in OTAs. And by all accounts looking as good if not better than last training camp.

  68. Fitz and I have a lot in common. I would also like someone to give me $12,000,000 dollars.

  69. Fitzpatrick is the jets best option at QB. He’s like Rich Gannon, Smart but not all too physical. They can let him slip through and go to Denver, or take him while they can.

  70. Come on. I question the lack of perspective you’re applying to Fitz’s situation.

    If he’s going to start and he’s good enough to possibly take you to the playoffs, you don’t lowball him or at least you take the one year option if he will too.

    Fitz is not worth as much to other teams because he would be their back-up, not their starter. If Fitz is going to start for NY, then they need to offer him some legit.

    If NY fails to do that, as Fitz I would consider sitting out. It’s not worth the injury risk, he’s already got money, and plenty of teams lose starters during the regular season.

    The only people who don’t get this are the Jets and those who want to see Fitz play for them but who don’t care about his concerns as a player.

  71. there is no market for him because instead of jumping ship back at the beginning of free agency he tried to make it work with the jets, thats what you get in the NFL for having any sense of loyalty.. not that i think hes is that good.. but if Brock Osweiller is worth 18 a year Fitz should be able to pull a 12 per year average.. and if hes willing to sit out hell get his money by mid year when some one gets injured or just doesn’t pan out

  72. The Jets would be foolish to overpay this guy. And for those comparing him to Ossweiler, just because the Texans are willing to massively overpay for a guy does not make it a good idea.

    As a Pats fan it scares me that the Jets may finally be getting smart. We shall see.

  73. It’s absolutely asinine to me that people are ripping on the Jets for not wanting to sign Fitzpatrick to a mega deal when they still have Muhammad Wilkerson without a contract. I saw a commenter talking about Maccagnan spending money last offseason and LOL Mike Maccagnan HAD to spend money or else they would be penalized. The reason why we were in cap hell is because of how frugal John Idzik was. 12 million in one year would force the Jets to either rescind the tag on Muhammad Wilkerson or cut a bunch of players who contribute to the team and have high salaries because of that. If I am the Jets there is no way I gut the team that made Fitzpatrick look decent in the first place just to sign him and hope that a 34 year old journeyman can carry the team. All the arm chair GM’s need to start worrying about their own money.

  74. Ryan WTF are you talking about!? This is ALL the Jets fault that they are in this position in the first place! The asinine thing here is the astronomical amount of money that they are now stuck in paying Revis as he ages gracefully and now they can’t even afford a mediocre QB like Fitz!

  75. If I were Fitzpatrick, I’d be careful. This would be the first time Geno Smith had some weapons to throw to not named Jeremy Kerley. This may be Fitzpatricks version of getting his jaw broken over some dollars.

    He has a Harvard degree and was a starting QB in the NFL, and he wasnt god awful. He absolutely holds all the cards here. He walks from football, he has many options for high pay, even though not as high as an NFL salary.
    He walks away and the Jets are stuck at qb. that being said, 12m cap hit is huge for a 1 year deal.

  76. Some dude above was right, the guy Jets fans should be worried most about keeping is Todd Bowles. I don’t know which scenario plays out best for the coach, but he’s a top-ten guy who is still young and will improve. Jets fans should be hoping he doesn’t end up making his mark elsewhere.

    My opinion about the contract standoff is that both sides are right. It’s just a situation with no suitable compromise possible. If the Jets blink first, they sign a so-so guy to a bad (for the team) contract. If Fitzgerald blinks first, the Jets have a possible (probable) QB controversy and a guy who isn’t happy with his contract and probably won’t have his heart in it all the way.

    In a world with no salary cap and no hurt feelings, I think the Jets should have him on the roster. He will face a tougher slate of opponents this year but he will also benefit from the continuity of a second year in the system and the program. His teammates seem to like him and he was able to weather the pressure of the New York spotlight without trouble, and if he does flop then you are back to where you started, with the Mighty Geno Smith under center.

    Jeez sorry about the essay, my fingers were bored and twitchy

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