Ryan Fitzpatrick remains a free agent at the time of this publication, but most likely he will return to the Jets this season. If that happens as expected then he should pick up where last season ended when he was a nice surprise as a Fantasy quarterback. Fitzpatrick finished No. 12 in standard leagues when he passed for 3,905 yards, 31 touchdowns and 15 interceptions and ran for 270 yards and two touchdowns. He was reunited with offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, who was once his head coach in Buffalo, and the two have a good history together. It also helped that the Jets have a solid receiving corps with Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, and they should improve this season with Devin Smith entering his second year and the addition of running back Matt Forte. You'll have to continue to monitor what happens with Fitzpatrick in free agency, but if he returns to the Jets he should be considered a solid No. 2 Fantasy quarterback in all leagues. You might not draft him, but he should be on many rosters once the season starts, either as a bye-week or injury replacement, especially if he plays like he did in 2015.
Jets head coach Todd Bowles confirmed Thursday that Fitzpatrick will be the starter this season, according to Kimberley Martin of Newsday. The announcement came as no surprise after Fitzpatrick signed a one-year, $12 million contract Wednesday to return to the Jets. He is coming off the best season of his career and will have even more weapons this year with the hope of making the playoffs for the first time.
Fitzpatrick has signed a one-year, $12 million contract with the Jets, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Fitzpatrick and the Jets have been in talks over a contract for months, with Fitzpatrick willing to retire before he accepted an offer below his market value. Now that the deal is done, Fitzpatrick will surely be the starting quarterback for New York, though the team may take him slowly after he wasn't with the team throughout the offseason. In his lone season with the Jets last year, Fitzpatrick threw for 3,905 yards, 31 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions while completing 59.6 percent of his passes in what was arguably the best season of his career.
Fitzpatrick has multiple contract offers from the Jets, the New York Daily News reports. Fitzpatrick's contract standoff has now carried out over the entire offseason, as he's yet to receive an agreeable proposal from the Jets. According to reports, New York has offered Fitzpatrick a three-year, $24 million deal with $15 million in guarantees, and has also put another offer on the table. In the end, though, and despite the team freeing cap room with Muhammad Wilkerson's recent extension, Fitzpatrick has only received offers below his market value, thus the extended impasse. Fresh off a franchise-record 31 touchdowns, Fitzpatrick's situation will become more urgent once the Jets open training camp Saturday, but at the moment, no progress has been made in contract talks.
ESPN's Rich Cimini reports that the Jets have an offer that has been on the table for at least two months, which would include $12 million in the first year of the deal. Previous reports had suggested that the first year of the offer was in the $8 million range, but what actually seems to be the sticking point in negotiations is what the deal would be worth after 2016. While no deal is imminent, the Jets continue to maintain that they'd like Fitzpatrick to return as their starter, while the QB has said he'd like to re-sign with the team. Until that happens though, Geno Smith slots in as the team's No. 1 QB, with Bryce Petty and rookie Christian Hackenberg as his backups.
Fitzpatrick and his representatives have not held discussions with the Jets over re-signing with the team in several weeks, the New York Post reports. Fitzpatrick and the Jets remain at an impasse over his requested contract terms, and despite OTAs kicking off this week, the two parties apparently still haven't talked recently. While Fitzpatrick's top two targets, Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall, were conspicuously absent from practice this week, possibly to show their solidarity for Fitzpatrick, it's still unclear whether to expect any developments in the quarterback's free agency anytime soon.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/25||@Kansas City Chiefs||6||18.00|
|10||11/13||Los Angeles Rams||10||18.56|
|12||11/28||New England Patriots||16||19.78|
|14||12/11||@San Francisco 49ers||7||18.06|
|16||12/24||@New England Patriots||16||19.78|
|3 Year Avg||61.3||2947||21||12||226||2||265|