The New York Jets reportedly offered Ryan Fitzpatrick a three-year deal months ago that would have guaranteed him $12 million in 2016.
According to Mark Cannizzaro of the New York Post, the New York Jets offered free agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick a three-year deal that included $12 million in 2016. That offer has reportedly been sitting on the table for months, though the specific figures of the offer are just becoming public now.
The news should come as quite a shock to Jet Nation as previous reports had the Jets offering the veteran quarterback a contract in the $7 million range annually.
Jets coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan have been adamant about their desire to bring Fitzpatrick back for 2016, but have made it clear that they’re not willing to pay the 32 year old more than $12 million per year.
Based on this new information, it seems Fitzpatrick and his representatives are just as adamant about re-signing for more than $12 million per year.
However, with OTA’s currently underway and mandatory minicamps right around the corner (June 14), if there’s a time to come to an agreement it’s now. Both sides want to get a deal done, that much is for certain. This was made clear when star wide receiver Eric Decker skipped the first week of OTA’s this week, stating he was upset that Fitzpatrick had not yet been signed.
Fellow wide receiver Brandon Marshall also skipped the voluntary team workouts, though it’s unclear if Fitzpatrick’s absence was the reason for doing so.