Entering the second week of free agency the New York Jets are still without a starting quarterback on their roster. Ryan Fitzpatrick who played with the Jets last season is still a free agent and is looking for a contract worth about $15 million a year. General manager Mike Maccagnan offered Fitzpatrick a 3 year deal worth $21 million, but Fitzpatrick still hasn’t accepted or declined the offer.
Last season the team acquired Fitzpatrick from Houston to compete with Geno Smith for the starting quarterback position. After a locker room incident with former linebacker Ik Enemkpali, Smith was sidelined six weeks with a broken jaw which led to Fitzpatrick becoming the starter.
As the starter he had one of his best seasons statistically and fell one win short of making the playoffs. Being reunited with offensive coordinator Chan Gailey he threw for 3,905 yards with 31 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Those 31 touchdowns is a Jets quarterback record which was previously held by Vinny Testarverde (29).
Entering free agency the team had multiple free agents in which they wanted to re-sign and Fitzpatrick was one of them. After losing Chris Ivory to the Jacksonville Jaguars and Damon Harrison to the New York Giants, Maccagnan turned his focus to re-sign his starting quarterback. As contract negotiations began the two sides became far apart as Fitzpatrick was asking for $15 million a year. Maccagnan refused to offer $15 million a year and offered him a 3 year deal worth $21 million. Many questions Jets fans are asking is why is Fitzpatrick asking for $15 million a year?
In 2005 Ryan Fitzpatrick was drafted in the seventh round by the St.Louis Rams. After spending two seasons in St. Louis he was traded to the Cincinnati Bengals where he only spent one season. Having being bounced around the league Fitzpatrick finally found a home in Buffalo where he spent three seasons but was released in 2013. Being released again he signed a two year contract with the Tennessee Titans and was released after one season. In 2014 the Houston Texans took a chance on Fitzpatrick and signed him to a two year contract in which they traded him after season.
After taking a look at Fitzpatrick track record we wonder why he’s asking for all that money. The Jets are not the only team not willing to give him his asking price as the Denver Broncos said they’re interested in Fitzpatrick but not for his desired contract.
As the Fitzpatrick offer is still on the table, the team hosted former Redskins first round pick Robert Griffin III for a visit. Now it’s a waiting game for the Jets as Fitz has a choice to make- deal or No deal?