NY Jets Video: Ryan Fitzpatrick is not worth his asking price
The NY Jets and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick are still without a mutual agreement on a deal to bring him back to the city that never sleeps. Reason is, he’s asking for an unrealistic amount of money for his services.
At this point in time, Fitzpatrick is still holding strong to his initial worth. As fans prepare for what it might be like to have life without him next season on the Jets, he’s putting himself in a very interesting situation as he holds out for the right deal to come along.
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Of course it’s all speculation but it appears the Jets feel he’s worth bringing back on a short-term deal at a fair price. Somewhere around a two-year deal worth about $7M to bring him back to continue the momentum he built upon from last season. Apparently, Fitzpatrick feels he’s worth more than double that.
Our friends over at CBS Sports had this to say about why it might not be such a great idea for the Jets to give him so much money to return:
While Fitzpatrick does indeed deserve a pay-raise due to his incredible season last year with the Jets, it will be very hard for him to replicate or even exceed what he did in 2015 anywhere else. He’s injury prone and historically has never posted back-to-back good seasons in his entire 10-year career. That’s why teams haven’t exactly been throwing big contracts his way during free agency.
The Jets, like any other NFL team, will always have other areas of need to address with every passing season. To lock up so much money and resources to one position would not allow the Jets to sign other players in the future they’ll need to remain competitive. Fitzpatrick needs to realize something very important that has nothing to do with money.
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It’s no secret that he had the best season of his career with the Jets thanks to a great supporting cast, his familiarity with the offense installed by offensive coordinator Chan Gailey and of course, a little bit of luck.
If quarterback Geno Smith never got punched in the jaw by a teammate last summer, Fitzpatrick might not have had such a golden opportunity to start and run with it all season long.
Fitzpatrick is not worth his asking price and which each passing day, it’s only going to get lower. Hopefully he comes to reason since if he is no longer an option for the Jets, it would be hard to believe he’d have remotely the same success he had last year with any other team.
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The Jets are already entertaining ideas involving Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III under center so hopefully Fitzpatrick understands that time is ticking. The sooner he realizes his worth, the faster an agreement can be made so everyone can move on towards the rest of the offseason. Until then, it’s silly for him to expect any team to pay him what he’s asking for per year because realistically and above all else statistically, he’s not worth it after just one great season.