The New York Jets and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick are still without a mutual decision to bring him back to the team. Here’s a prediction as to what the final outcome might be.
Make no mistake about it, contract negotiations are truly just between the New York Jets and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick as no other team even offered him another deal. That’s right, as teams all across the NFL start their organized team activities with a good idea on what to do at quarterback, such isn’t the case with the Jets.
Sure, they’re somewhat happy with who they have on their roster at the most important position on the team. Geno Smith automatically is their best option to start this upcoming season as both developmental quarterbacks in Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg aren’t ready just yet.
Petty and Hackenberg will undoubtedly either in 2017 or even 2018 be battling it out for the starting spot on the Jets but that’s still another year or two away. It makes logical sense for the Jets to bring back Fitzpatrick since he gave them the best quarterback play they’ve ever seen in such a long time last year.
Problem is, it all comes down to money as at the end of the day, this is all about business. The Jets know he gives them the best chance to continue winning football games for them like he did last season but truth of the matter is, he’s going to be 34-years-old in November.
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He dealt with a thumb injury last season and is too risky of an investment to pay him what he’s ultimately looking for.
With a history of always putting up sub-par seasons after a good one, his track record suggests the Jets shouldn’t overpay like teams before them did for his services.
Fitzpatrick feels he’s worth franchise quarterback money when reality says, he’s a bridge quarterback at best in this stage of his career.
He’d be great on the Jets until 2017 or 2018 when the young aforementioned gunslingers are ready to see what they can do in the NFL. Until then, Fitzpatrick could continue developing them while starting, just like he did last season.
Both sides need each other in the grand scheme of things. Fitzpatrick’s only offer has come from the Jets and the franchise wants to finally put this past them one way or the other so they can focus on the many other things they need to address during OTA’s and eventually training camp.
To make an early prediction on the final outcome of all this, something says that Fitzpatrick isn’t coming back. From early reports from OTA’s, Smith has looked sharp and on point during drills. Rumors are all over the place suggesting a deal is coming soon while others say it’s been weeks since both sides even spoke about any kind of final decision.
Overall, the Jets should be just fine with Smith under center as their running game and defense will be what wins them football games this time around. Who knows, Smith could use that chip on his shoulder from his past to finally silence his critics and push this team forward once and for all into the NFL Playoffs. Either way, if he ultimately doesn’t return, Fitzpatrick will more than likely go down in franchise history as a one year wonder.