The New York Jets and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick are unlikely to come to terms on a deal prior to next week’s NFL Draft, according to a tweet from NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.
Barring a significant breakthrough, #Jets & Ryan Fitzpatrick are not expected to have a deal before the draft. Adds intrigue to their draft
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 18, 2016
Thus continues one of the most prolonged sagas of NFL free agency season. Fitzpatrick was an absolute beast in Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey’s spread offense last season, completing 59.6 percent of his passes for a career high 3,905 yards and 31 touchdowns, but GM Mike Maccagnan has been unwilling to offer the 33-year-old Harvard grad anything significantly more than $8 million a year.
And oddly enough, that is the right move on the Jets’ end. Fitzpatrick’s success last year was the product of Gailey’s system as opposed to late significant development as a quarterback, and the fact that no other team has signed him thus far is indicative of that. The Denver Broncos are desperate for help at quarterback, but even they are unwilling to pay Fitzpatrick what he’s asking.
Thus, at this point, though it may take a little while longer, Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets seem headed for an inevitable reunion. It’s just a matter of when his signature is actually on the deal.
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