The 2016 NFL draft is now over and the reviews on the New York Jets’ draft selection have been mixed. They selected Darron Lee out of Ohio State with their first round pick and this was surprising as many experts thought the Jets would draft Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch. This would not come to fruition as the Jets only saw Lynch as a second or third round type of talent.
The Jets ended up drafting a quarterback, just not Paxton Lynch, but rather Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg, which was puzzling. Hackenberg was a solid player at Penn State, but the Jets already have a quarterback on their roster they are trying to develop in Bryce Petty. They need a quarterback who can play now and understands a NFL offense, and who better than Ryan Fitzpatrick, who thrived last year with Gang Green. Fitzpatrick is looking for a substantial paycheck after his career-year in the 2015-2016 season, and so far the Jets have not been willing to pay up. Reports have said that he is looking for somewhere in the $13-15 million range.
A team that had supposed interest in Fitzpatrick was the Denver Broncos, but they drafted the aforementioned Paxton Lynch when they traded up to the No. 26 overall pick. This shows that the Broncos do not think that Fitzpatrick is worth the money he is seeking and decided to go with the young and promising Lynch instead. Fitzpatrick’s suitors are dwindling and he has great friends on the Jets team still in Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, who have been advocating for his return. The Jets and Fitzpatrick are beginning to look perfect for each other once again. Now, if they could just agree on financial terms, the 2016 New York Jets would start to look much better.