Ryan Fitzpatrick wouldn’t settle for anything less than the current $8 million a season the New York Jets is offering him.
The 33-year-old quarterback has told people close to him that he would “rather not play football” than accept the amount the Jets are giving him right now, NBC Sports reported. If you’re going to look at how the quarterback market moved during this year’s free agency, it feels insulting on his part.
The 2005 Harvard graduate who was a seventh-round draft pick out of the university is reportedly asking for at least twice the amount the Jets is laying on the negotiation table, which should not come as a surprise, considering Broncos’ Brock Osweiler and Eagles’ Sam Bradford each has guaranteed $18 million annual contracts despite remaining unproven commodities.
According to ESPN.com, citing sources, the 33-year-old quarterback and the Jets have been in contract talks since February, and both have expressed how they still want each other.
“Our focus has always been Ryan [Fitzpatrick],” said Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan. Even several New York key players – Nick Mangold, Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte – are rooting for his re-signing, per CBS Sports.
Still, in spite of Maccagnan’s assurance of their team’s unwavering intention to re-sign Fitzpatrick, they still haven’t reached an agreement with the free agent. Maybe they’re thinking that re-signing him back might not be a good long-term solution for New York because he’s soon turning 34 next season.
Fitzpatrick didn’t fare well last season during Jets’ biggest stage, after his three wobbly throws during the fourth quarter made them lose to Buffalo Bills, costing them a postseason spot. In his 11-year NFL career for six teams, his “FitzMagic” hasn’t led them to the playoffs, though he did get the Jets 10 wins.
His record 3,905-yard throw and 31 touchdowns with only 15 interceptions last season earned him an impressive quarterbacking season, his first with the Jets.
If Fitzpatrick demands for a salary of a starting quarterback and the Jets won’t budge from their offer, he might be forced to accept whatever he’s deemed worthy of by the team, or consider other options available as the Jets select a quarterback this weekend.