Wilkerson deal may give Jets cap space for Fitz

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The Jets entered today with uncertainty surrounding two of their most important players: franchise defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson and unsigned quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. A deal for one got done today, and that could facilitate a deal for the other.

Wilkerson signed a long-term deal just before the deadline for franchise players to sign, which means he will not play this season on the one-year, $15.7 million franchise tender. Although the full details of Wilkerson’s contract are not yet known, it will most likely lower his 2016 cap number below that $15.7 million figure.

And lowering Wilkerson’s 2016 cap hit comes gives the Jets more room to pay Fitzpatrick this season. Before Wilkerson’s deal got done, the Jets were slated to have just $2.9 million in cap space this season. Adjusting some other contracts was going to be necessary if they were going to get Fitzpatrick’s deal done, and now the Jets have adjusted Wilkerson’s deal, lowering what was scheduled to be the second-largest cap hit on the team, behind only the $17 million tied up in cornerback Darrelle Revis’s deal.

It remains unclear just how far apart the Jets and Fitzpatrick are, but signing Wilkerson is one step toward freeing up the cap space the Jets will need to meet Fitzpatrick somewhere in the middle and get their starting quarterback in camp.

54 responses to “Wilkerson deal may give Jets cap space for Fitz

  1. Seems like the media is fixated making it seem NYJ would pay the sum he asks.

    Though I applaud them for standing their ground, market hasn’t offered him what he asks. NYJ would just be bidding against themselves at this point.

  2. What is this obsession with fitzpatrick. He sucks. Marshall and Decker made him look as good as he did last season.

  3. “They’re the OBI-Wan who wants Fitz, I mean only one.”

    Until the inevitable early season QB injuries and some team with only horrible backups coughs up the money Fitz wants. He would be the best unsigned starter out there at that point.

    No reason to cave to the Jets.

  4. Fitz has nothing to lose by waiting. Would be nice to have it settled before training camp but he knows the system. Will be interesting to see how this plays out.

  5. Why do Patriots fans feel the need to comment on every Jets story? Seriously, go away already. Oh yeah, Mo’s locked up and this defense is going to be one nasty unit. I’m actually happy Brady’s 4 game suspension won’t include the games against the Jets. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing a flustered, frustrated Brady crying on the field. Can’t wait!

  6. toddsuperbowles says:
    Jul 15, 2016 5:45 PM
    Why do Patriots fans feel the need to comment on every Jets story?
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    Maybe for the same reason Jets fans feel the need to comment on Giants and Pats stories. It’s part of being a fan and good competition makes it worthwhile, and neither of your teams is going to get much of that out of Buffalo or Miami, just my 2 ¢.
    I’m a Giants guy and I think Maccagnan has done a pretty good job digging himself out of the cap mess he inherited as well as dealing with his owner’s bromance with Revis. A deal like this just cements my high opinion of him. Look at all the acrimony in the Miller contract squabbling and compare that to Wilkerson’s signing, not too shabby at all.

  7. The Jets over paid Wilkerson, now will over pay Fitz?
    Their GM Maccagnan is not very good.

    He inherited a large cap surplus last year, had an easy schedule and got lucky against weak opponents to go 10-6.
    The remainder of his tenure will probably be sub 500.

  8. toddsuperbowles says:
    Jul 15, 2016 5:45 PM

    Why do Patriots fans feel the need to comment on every Jets whine about Brady/ Goodell on single story on PFT? Seriously, go away already.
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    Fixed that for you.

  9. Maccagnan dug himself out of a cap mess?
    You have that backwards. The prior Jets GM (Idzik) didnt spend a dime and they had a huge surplus, which Maccagnan promptyly spent. They are not in a particularly good cap situation now.
    Maccagnan did some shortsighted moves.

    >>jag1959 says:
    Jul 15, 2016 6:03 PM
    toddsuperbowles says:
    Jul 15, 2016 5:45 PM
    Why do Patriots fans feel the need to comment on every Jets story?
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    Maybe for the same reason Jets fans feel the need to comment on Giants and Pats stories. It’s part of being a fan and good competition makes it worthwhile, and neither of your teams is going to get much of that out of Buffalo or Miami, just my 2 ¢.
    I’m a Giants guy and I think Maccagnan has done a pretty good job digging himself out of the cap mess he inherited as well as dealing with his owner’s bromance with Revis. A deal like this just cements my high opinion of him. Look at all the acrimony in the Miller contract squabbling and compare that to Wilkerson’s signing, not too shabby at all.

  10. What would be funny is if the Pats signed Fitz to back up Jimmy for 4 games and then traded him to the highest bidder before week 5. Some QB will get hurt in those first 4 weeks.

    The cap makes it hugely unlikely, but that would be funny as hell to do that to the Jets.

  11. If I was him I would have signed as a backup somewhere by now. Why do you want to deal with this crap? Its a terrible organization without a winning tradition and has no chance of winning this year even with a division rival without thier starting quarterback for 25% of the season. They’ve treated him like a jerk for months. I know he wants money, but sometimes letting them play geno Smith and watching what happens is….priceless.

  12. Phoenix11 says:
    Jul 15, 2016 5:10 PM
    Seems like the media is fixated making it seem NYJ would pay the sum he asks.

    Though I applaud them for standing their ground, market hasn’t offered him what he asks. NYJ would just be bidding against themselves at this point.

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    You’re assuming Fitz will play for the highest bidder and his only leverage is another team.

    It’s entirely possibly that he is quite comfortable with not playing unless the Jets overpay him. He’s made a good amount of money in his career and possibly doesn’t see the beating of another season as worth what’s on the table.

    He also knows the Jets fanbase will kill the team if they go into the season with the Genocoaster as starter because they are “too cheap”.

    I can hear the NYC sports radio HOT TAEKS now!

  13. Congratulations Ryan!

    Patience is a virtue
    Virtue is a grace
    and Grace is
    a little girl who never washes her face.

  14. bertyboz says:
    Jul 15, 2016 4:46 PM
    So if this stands, what exactly is the point of the 4pm “deadline”?
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    That deadline is most relevant in something like this order, starting with least strictly enforced and ending with most strictly enforced:

    1. New York NFL office (Jets) Very flexible.
    2-31, depends on Goodell and Kensil’s mood that day.
    32. NE, who must have deals completed by 4pm the previous day or they will be fined 10M and Gronk will receive a lifetime ban.

  15. What a day to be a Jets fan. Mo signs long term deal solidifying one of the best d lines in football, and Brady’s legacy is forever tarnished.

  16. helmetcatch says:
    Jul 15, 2016 5:22 PM
    What is this obsession with fitzpatrick. He sucks. Marshall and Decker made him look as good as he did last season
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    Fans statement on Decker when he left Denver for big free agent money in NY —- Good luck playing without Manning. He’s the man reason you were successful.

    Fans statement agter Marshall was traded to the Jets…he’s entering the downside of his career. He won’t be worth it in a year or two. Now? Fitzgerald only did well last year because of Decker and Marsshall.

    Good god fans are the best.

  17. Once Fitz signs, he will have one of his worst seasons as a professional. He is not a consistent QB, and his 2015 was an aberration.

  18. tylawspick6 says:
    Jul 15, 2016 6:25 PM
    wait until richardson wants suh money after this season.

    lol

    cap hell remains a very ugly thing

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    Only one problem with your comment. The Dolphins are far from Cap Hell with about $18M under, but keep saying it. It seems that is the cool troll thing to claim since we signed Mike Wallace many seasons ago and every year the Cap is more than fine. Don’t let the facts get in the way of your Super NFL Knowledge.

  19. stew48 says:
    Jul 15, 2016 5:14 PM
    Where is it written in stone he has had no offers?
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    You can’t be serious, can you?

  20. toddsuperbowles says:
    Jul 15, 2016 5:45 PM
    Why do Patriots fans feel the need to comment on every Jets story?
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    It’s what insecure trolls do to feel better about themselves. They have the best team of the last decade and arguably, maybe the best QB of all time, but they are like whiny children in a schoolyard who throw tantrums whenever they don’t get their way. Everybody is out to get them. Everything is a conspiracy and they are never responsible for anything that happens to them. It’s endless.

  21. normthegreycat says:
    Jul 15, 2016 7:15 PM
    What a day to be a Jets fan. Mo signs long term deal solidifying one of the best d lines in football, and Brady’s legacy is forever tarnished.
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    That’s a pretty low bar, really.

  22. We don’t need Fitz, Dude choked big time against Buffalo when it mattered.

    I’d rather see Geno play.

    …That’s right, I said, “I’d rather see Geno play.”

    …Big whoop wanna fight about it??!!

  23. normthegreycat says:
    Jul 15, 2016 7:15 PM
    What a day to be a Jets fan. Mo signs long term deal solidifying one of the best d lines in football, and Brady’s legacy is forever tarnished.

    ______________________________

    I didn’t think there was ever a good day to be a Jets fan. What do you think: 6-10 season coming up? Sounds about right to me.

    By the way, I doubt Tom Brady really cares what you think about his “legacy”. Good luck to you, my friend.

  24. With the cap-friendly long-term signing of Von Miller by Denver (1st year cap hit of only $6.6M) the Jets are about to “reap what you sow” when Fitzpatrick signs with the Broncos (who now have over $10M in cap space), and takes them back to the Super Bowl. Good luck with Geno!

  25. What would be funny is if the Pats signed Fitz to back up Jimmy for 4 games …

    As a Jets fan, I would welcome this with open arms! Because then It will be an absolute certainty that the Pats won’t make the playoffs…

  26. So NFL players poll ranks Revis 24th best player in NFL. Two analysts at the network still think he is best corner stating that Revis does not get a lot of attention because he’s not celebrating and doing back flips after every PD. Say Watkins had a great day week 17, but that was the coverage he was asked to play and his teammates blew it. The previous game versus Watkins he held him to 3 for 17 yards in a game where Jets played much less zone. Thing is, we are so used to him locking guys down when he surrenders a catch the washed up flag goes up. He was still #1 in completion percentage when thrown at. Revis is the Mariano Rivera of corners, you can’t point to his greatest moment, and every time they blew a save you were shocked and thought it was the beginning of the end. Guy gives up one catch in Super Bowl on a referee interference and lets pan to Richard Sherman flashing the two four sign.

  27. silverfox1111 says:
    Jul 16, 2016 6:56 AM
    With the cap-friendly long-term signing of Von Miller by Denver (1st year cap hit of only $6.6M) the Jets are about to “reap what you sow” when Fitzpatrick signs with the Broncos (who now have over $10M in cap space), and takes them back to the Super Bowl. Good luck with Geno!

    If you were a real Broncos fan then you would know that Elway has ZERO interest in Fitzpatrick. Looks like another front-running troll to me.

  28. Cap space was never the issue with signing Fitz…this signing means nothing to the Fitz negotiations…..

  29. Revis is one of the greatest corners to ever play the game! Don’t ever compare him to Pacman Jones. Revis’ front loaded contract will be admired in a couple of years. See you then clowns.

  30. Ryan Fitzpatrick, the guy that they supposedly don’t need anymore because Geno Smith was blowing everyone away in (lol) mini camp?

  31. Revis’s cap hit is bad this year at 17 mill but comes down to 15 next season after that 10. Works nicely to use that money for Sheldon

  32. I’m no GM, but if I had a defense built to win now, knowing Brady is out 4 games, I would want a competent QB started for my team. Try to win now!

  33. Some of you Jets fans act like you didn’t see that must win game last year where Fitzpatrick did his usual, and Fitzed them right out of the playoffs.

  34. mmack66 says:
    Jul 16, 2016 7:06 PM
    Some of you Jets fans act like you didn’t see that must win game last year where Fitzpatrick did his usual, and Fitzed them right out of the playoffs.
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    And you act like you only watched that one game last year. For the season Fitz had one of the best season ever for a Jets QB. Ever.

  35. Revis for 17 million. Lol. Adam jones gave up one 1 TD an one catch over 20 yards all season. ( same play) He’s making 7.5milln

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    You know you’re reaching when you compare packman and his playoff killing boneheaded penalties with Revis a future HOF who will go down as one of the top 3 corners to ever play the game…… fans smh

  36. 6thsense10 says:
    Jul 16, 2016 9:23 PM

    And you act like you only watched that one game last year. For the season Fitz had one of the best season ever for a Jets QB. Ever.
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    First of all, that is the saddest thing ever, and completely meaningless, and likely not entirely accurate, since Sanchez had them in the AFC Championship Game twice. And they even beat the Patriots in the playoffs.

    Secondly, Fitzpatrick has never taken a team to the playoffs, and he has played for a lot of them.

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