New York Jets: Ryan Fitzpatrick needs to wake up
The New York Jets and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick still don’t have a deal in place to have him return for the upcoming season. It’s about time he wakes up and smells the coffee.
Fitzpatrick is currently playing this game of cat and mouse with the Jets, asking for a ridiculous per year price. Now, the NFL has recently become a league of premature retirements and that the next game is never promised due to the brutality of professional football. If Fitzpatrick wants to leave a legacy when he hangs up his spikes, this current roster is going to give the best chance at being able to do so.
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The question now is about the money. Fitzpatrick and his agent are asking for an astronomical $14M a year. The Jets are around the $9M a year area so something has to give here. Given Fitzpatrick’s past career stats, there is no way he deserves to be paid what he is asking.
Nov 22, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) jogs off the field after throwing an interception during the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. The Texans defeated the Jets 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Paying Fitzpatrick $9M a year is fine with me depending on what the expense is to get that money. Fitzpatrick needs to see that by taking $14M, it will severely limit this team to spend in other areas that need help. The ultimate goal here is to win a Super Bowl and by bringing Fitzpatrick back is going to give you the best chance at accomplishing that goal.
Throughout the years 2009-2010, the Jets were one of the best teams in the NFL. A number one running game, a top of the tier offensive line and a great defense. What’s missing? Quarterback? When you ask about the teams of 2009-2010, you do not have to mention the quarterback position.
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Mark Sanchez was the definition of mediocre.
He didn’t need to be the ‘superstar” that throws forty touchdowns. He was great at being average.
These teams went to back-to-back AFC Championship games with said quarterback. This is exactly what Fitzpatrick needs to be.
So in closing, Fitzpatrick is the best option for the Jets to have success this season.
By looking at what Sanchez did in his first two seasons prove that Fitzpatrick is more than capable to do the same.
Fitzpatrick’s stats are good enough for a starting quarterback to make this team a true contender. Last year, he had the best season in his career throwing 31 touchdowns to 15 interceptions.
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The message to Fitzpatrick is clear and that is to take the $9M offer and use the best supply of tools you have ever had in your career and get this team to the NFL Playoffs next season. We all know that you are the man to lead this team.