Ryan Fitzpatrick and the New York Jets remain far apart on their contract negotiations, but teammate wide receiver Brandon Marshall continues to state that he wants Fitzpatrick to return and be the team’s starting quarterback.
“He better be,” Marshall said via Newsday on Tuesday. Marshall joined the Jets in 2015, the same year Fitzpatrick went to New York.
Fitzpatrick has remained as one of the top free agents in the 2016 NFL offseason as both sides continue to discuss contracts between them. The Jets are reportedly offering just $7 million per season while the quarterback is demanding about $16 million per year. The Jets has only about $500,000 in salary cap space, according to figures before any moves by New York this offseason and they need to cut salary to accommodate Fitzpatrick’s request.
According to the New York Post, the Jets already asked a veteran, D’Brickashaw Ferguson to take a pay cut to help them sign Fitzpatrick. New York has the option to cut Ferguson and save money if the tackle does not agree to the pay cut.
“Right now, D’Brickashaw is under contract and I would say our thought is that he would be [on the roster]. But like everything else with all players, and I said this early on with free agency this year, it’s kind of a fluid free agency for us. We’re trying to make decisions that are in the best interest of the organization — both short- and long-term — so right now I would say he would be on our roster going forward, but we’ll see how this thing unfolds,” Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan said last month also via the same NY Post article.
For his NFL career which saw stints with the St. Louis Rams, Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans, Fitzpatrick has 23,178 passing yards on 60.1 percent completion with 154 touchdowns and 116 interceptions.
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