It seems Ryan Fitzpatrick is still not agreeing on the contract laid out by the New York Jets. However, rumors are swirling that the team does see Fitzpatrick signing a deal with them with the training camp set to start this week.
The Jets have exhausted all means to get Fitzpatrick to sign a deal with them even to the point of giving him a three-year contract worth $24 million with $15 million guarantee. For the Jets, they do not want to lose Fitzpatrick via free agency this season, but they are also preparing contingency plans if he continues to play hard with their negotiations.
Waiting in the wings will be Geno Smith, who Jets coach Todd Bowles will be picking most likely to start for the team. Bowles could not afford to let the Jets get into a humiliating season by waiting for Fitzpatrick to make his decision. Noticeably, no other team in the NFL has a better offer than that of the Jets, which will give Fitzpatrick time to reconsider.
ESPN’s Rich Cimini noted that Fitzpatrick has to accept the truth that the Jets’ offer would be the best offer that he could get out there. There have been rumors of the New England Patriots wanting to offer Fitzpatrick after Tom Brady stated that he will not appeal the ruling on the deflation case against him. Brady is set to serve a four-game suspension that would make the Patriots vulnerable at the start of the season.
“At the same time, Fitzpatrick has to be reasonable. At 33, he’s not a $15 million-a-year quarterback and he must recognize this is the only place where he can be a starting quarterback right now. It’s the ideal situation: the right coordinator, the right system and the right teammates,” Cimini said.
As things are heating up with the Fitzpatrick contract talks, the quarterback out of Harvard managed to meet up with his teammate and close friend Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall in Chicago. Though no details of what the two discussed streamed line through the media, the meeting was simply a catching up for the two since they have not been in contact for three weeks.
If Fitzpatrick could not make up his mind with the contract offer that the Jets have, coach Bowles will have Smith together with Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg to work with. The Jets hit training camp as they prepare for their first assignment against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 12.
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