The New York Jets and their ongoing saga with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick should hopefully come to an end soon, one way or the other.
Yes, it is late July, right before the start of training camp and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick remains unsigned. The faithful that are fans of the New York Jets have grown tired of this and little optimism remains that a deal will get done.
In spite of his standoff, Fitzpatrick is still seen in the public’s eye. He recently played golf for a celebrity tournament. When asked about his contract situation, Fitzpatrick said “Not right now” according to Steve Yingling of The New York Post.
In other news surrounding Fitzpatrick this week, it was reported by a real estate agent, Hilary Taylor, that a house owned by Ryan and Lisa Fitzpatrick was put up for sale. In his article for NJ.com, Darryl Slater pointed out that Fitzpatrick seemed to enjoy living in the New Jersey suburbs.
Furthermore, Damon Salvadore of the New York Daily News quoted wide receiver Brandon Marshall talking about Fitzpatrick’s ignorance of Marshall’s text messages to him. Marshall, who considers Fitzpatrick a close friend, is starting to become worried about Fitz’s silence: “I don’t know what’s going on. To be honest, me and Fitz talk every day, all the time, but I texted him the last two weeks three times and there’s no response.”
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Even though this recent trail of news regarding Fitzpatrick spells doom for the Jets, don’t believe it.
This posturing back and forth has gone on all offseason.
It started when the Jets leaked their offer of $12M for a one-year deal to the media.
To which Fitzpatrick responded by saying the Jets actually offered him a multi-year deal that paid him only $6M in the second year.
The truth is that nobody knows the actual amount that the Jets are offering; nor does anyone know how much Fitzpatrick is asking for. All that anyone can do right now is speculate, or go with the figures reported by the media. The Jets do a great job of staying out of the media when negotiating contracts, like when they signed defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson and shocked everyone.
Fitzpatrick is doing whatever he can to gain leverage with the Jets.. He wants to hold out for as long as possible to see if the Jets finally cave and give him what he wants. The Jets are saying they are comfortable with Geno Smith, but do they are they truly ready to hand the team over to him?
Hopefully, this ugly stalemate will come to an end soon. Fitzpatrick would be foolish to sit out 2016, after having a breakout year in 2015. The Jets will look foolish for not bringing back a quarterback that is loved by his teammates, who want him back. They will receive unnecessary criticism from the media, and it will be a topic of conversation every week on the broadcast. The bottom line is that the Jets need Fitzpatrick and Fitzpatrick needs them. So just get it done!