Fitzpatrick and the Jets have been in contract talks for months, with the quarterback stating a willingness to retire before he accepted an offer below his market value. Now that the deal is done, Fitzpatrick will surely be the Jets' starting quarterback for the second year in a row. In his lone season with the Jets in 2015, 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.
Fitzpatrick and the Jets remain far apart on terms to a new contract, which could lead the team to address the quarterback position through the draft. That being said, Fitzpatrick is fresh off a career-best 3,905 passing yards and 31 touchdowns last season, and his long-standing relationship with offensive coordinator Chan Gailey could prove invaluable to the Jets' hopes of making the playoffs this season. As a result, Fitzpatrick and New York could still reach a contract agreement, but it appears he'll have to wait a bit longer if that indeed comes to fruition.
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