The New York Jets are just a few months away until training camp and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has still not signed a contract. Is he worth the wait?
It’s Week 17 of the NFL season. The New York Jets need to win the game to clinch a spot in the NFL Playoffs, and what does Fitzpatrick do? He blows it! Since that game, it has been an ongoing guessing game as to whether Fitzpatrick will be a Jet this upcoming season.
There’s no denying Fitzpatrick aided in turning around the Jets. From a 4-12 season in 2014 to 10-6 in 2015 is really something to boast about. Actually, at age 33, it was his best season in his 12 year career. There should be no question about bringing Fitzpatrick back right? Wrong!
Fitzpatrick is being very unreasonable. After the Philadelphia Eagles gave quarterback Sam Bradford (a player who had a terrible season compared to Fitzpatrick) $22M guaranteed, Fitzpatrick expected to earn similar wages. Which is why, when the Jets offered him a $7M contract, he denied the offer.
It’s now May, and there is still no sign of a compromise between the Jets and Fitzpatrick. However, there has been a lot of pressure put on Fitzpatrick from the Jets. Firstly, they drafted a top five college quarterback, and although he may not be ready to start in September, he has shown signs of being able to make a few cameos in the 2016 season.
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Lastly, the Jets have given Fitzpatrick a deadline; he has until training camp to come to an agreement.
So, why go through all the trouble?
Fitzpatrick only has about a year or two left of his career, Smith is showing signs of improvement and the Jets drafted a hopeful talent.
But Fitzpatrick already had major success with the Jets and puts them in a great situation if he returns. Even though the Jets could stick with Smith to get the job done, if Fitzpatrick is back, it will make the Jets an even better contender heading into the regular season.
The Jets hit a milestone last season with Fitzpatrick. He knows the organization, the plays and has an amazing relationship with his teammates. Fans of the Jets have waited too long to start over. The fans finally had an enjoyable season, and for what? To start all over again… NO!
The Jets need Fitzpatrick. They need a seasoned quarterback who can get them to the playoffs, while they train and condition two up-and-coming quarterbacks. There is no way anyone can expect to have another great season if there is a new quarterback.
The Jets need Fitzpatrick just as much as Fitzpatrick needs the Jets (no other team offered him a contract). It’s only a matter of time until Fitzpatrick signs a contract because he’s absolutely worth waiting for. Until then, remain hopeful everyone that a deal happens any day now!