NFL Free Agency: Ryan Fitzpatrick causing major shakeup

Ryan Fitzpatrick is having the day of his life as teams are looking to sign him up since he took the free agency option, but teams are raising eyebrows as to his demands as they wonder if the QB is really worth it.

The 33-year old New York Jets quarterback opted to be a free agent and demands a higher paycheck going into the 2016 season. He signed a $3.25 million contract with the Jets and is hoping for an increase should he re-sign with the Gang Greens. However, as reported by CBS Sports, the Jets are reluctant to give in to his demands while Fitzpatrick is also not satisfied with the current offer by the Jets.

This tug-of-war contract makes Fitzpatrick less appealing to other teams, which earlier wanted to sign him up, and is wary of the terms and conditions his asking. The Denver Broncos, who are still on the lookout for a quarterback, wanted to have a look at Fitzpatrick but then turned their heads elsewhere upon learning the situation with the Jets.

The Broncos are in dire need of a quarterback after losing Brock Osweiler, who signed with the Houston Texans and with Peyton Manning’s retirement. Aside from Fitzpatrick, the Broncos are also looking at the possibility of landing Colin Kaepernick from the San Francisco 49ers, but not with stiff competition from the Cleveland Browns.

ESPN reports that the Broncos are hesitant to give in to Fitzpatrick’s salary demands while the Browns and Jets are still talking on what will be their next move in consideration to Fitzpatrick’s demand. This despite Fitzpatrick wanting to play for Hue Jackson in Cleveland.

Fitzpatrick was selected 250th overall by the St. Louis Rams in the 2006 NFL Draft. He also played from the Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans before landing with the Jets.

During his college days, Fitzpatrick played for Harvard and was the first quarterback in school history to rush over 1,000 yards in a career.

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