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Ryan Fitzpatrick | Quarterback | #14

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (33) / 11/24/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 223
College: Harvard
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 7 (250) / LAR
Contract: view contract details

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Yahoo's Charles Robinson reports the Jets' contract proposal to free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick is worth $24 million over three years.
A New York Post report late last week stated the Jets offered Fitzpatrick $12 million in year one of the offer, but Robinson reports the final two years are only worth an average of $6 million annually. Robinson characterizes it as "starter money" in year one, then "elite backup" pay in years two and three. Fitzpatrick presumably wants to be paid "starter money" in all three years. Although we still anticipate the Jets and Fitzpatrick meeting somewhere in the middle, at present the sides remain in a holding pattern without a resolution in sight. May 29 - 3:25 PM

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The New York Post reports the Jets have a standing three-year offer for free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The proposal has a $12 million salary in the first year, and has "been on the table for four months." It sounds like it's going to take a higher base or more money on the back end to get something done. Despite a lack of movement between the sides, the Jets remain likely to get Fitzpatrick signed before training camp. Fitzpatrick has made clear his desire to stay with Gang Green.
May 27 - 6:12 PM

Coach Todd Bowles is "hopeful" free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick will re-sign before training camp.

The Jets were previously hoping Fitzpatrick would sign prior to OTAs. There’s been no progress between the sides in the last month. Fitzpatrick is holding out for more than what the Jets are offering ($8M annually), but all signs continue to point at a deal getting done.
May 25 - 4:36 PM

Free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick said he has no plans to retire.

"I'm playing," Fitzpatrick said. "I'm playing football next year." The retirement idea was floated last month, but it was never really a realistic outcome, as ESPN's Adam Schefter said Fitz would rather hang up his cleats than play for the Jets' low-ball offer. Expect the two sides to hash it out before camp.
May 23 - 12:34 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports OTAs represent the "first legitimate deadline" for a deal between the Jets and free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Jets OTAs are set to begin next Tuesday. Rapoport did not make it sound like Tuesday is a hard deadline, and there has not been any evidence of an impending compromise. Signs still point to Fitzpatrick re-signing with the Jets, but this saga could drag out all the way to training camp.
Source: NFL Network
May 18 - 6:11 PM

Eric Decker expects free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick to be the Jets' Week 1 starter.

"I believe it's Fitzpatrick," Decker said. "Right now, it's a business and they're so far off in dollar amount, but Ryan wants to be back, they want Ryan back. Something is going to happen. It might be before training camp, the day or two before, but I believe that he'll be back on the team come this fall." Decker and Fitzpatrick are close friends. All signs continue to point to the two remaining teammates once the team and the quarterback are done playing hardball.
May 18 - 9:34 AM

Jets owner Woody Johnson said there is "no news" on free agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.

"Maybe, hopefully, something will work out," Johnson continued. The tepid comments come a month after Johnson said re-signing Fitzpatrick is not imperative. Even with the draft in the rear-view mirror, neither side seems willing to budge. It is possible this saga lasts into training camp.
May 10 - 12:39 PM

ESPN's Rich Cimini would not be "surprised" if the standoff between free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets lasted into July.

Fitzpatrick has little leverage after the Broncos drafted Paxton Lynch, and the Jets have little desire to start Geno Smith, Christian Hackenberg or Bryce Petty. Those facts should prompt action, but neither side has seemed willing to compromise. Voluntary minicamps begin May 24. If the two sides cannot strike a deal by then, it is possible this saga lasts all the way to training camp.
Source: ESPN
May 7 - 10:20 AM

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan insists the team could keep four quarterbacks for 2016.

In other words, the door remains wide open for Ryan Fitzpatrick's re-signing. "If it’s in the best interest of the team at the end of training camp that we carry four quarterbacks, then we carry four quarterbacks," Maccagnan said. "To me, it’s a position where you have to take some time to really invest, grow, and develop players." If Fitz returns, he'd be joining Geno Smith, Bryce Petty and rookie Christian Hackenberg. In reality, the odds are extremely slim Gang Green would keep four signal callers. Smith would likely be traded, or Petty sold for a song.
May 3 - 4:49 PM

Despite drafting Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg with the No. 51 overall pick, Jets GM Mike Maccagnan said the team will continue to pursue free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick.

"It doesn’t change anything with our approach to Ryan," said Maccagnan. "Our goal is to get Ryan back into the fold." The Jets would like to have Fitzpatrick as a one or two-year stopgap while Hackenberg develops. With Fitzpatrick unsigned, Geno Smith will open OTAs as the Jets starting quarterback. Maccagnan said he's open to keeping four quarterbacks on the 53-man roster, though that seems like an unlikely scenario. If Fitzpatrick does re-sign, the Jets will probably have to part ways with 2015 fourth-rounder Bryce Petty.
Apr 30 - 11:41 AM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, it's been "weeks" since the Jets engaged in meaningful talks with free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The Jets and Fitzpatrick exchanged contract figures early on in free agency but the two sides haven't made much progress since. New York added to the drama Friday night by selecting Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg with the No. 51 overall pick. Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the plan is for Hackenberg to sit his rookie year before taking the reigns in 2017. If Fitzpatrick does sign with the Jets, he'll likely have to settle for a one-year deal.
Apr 29 - 9:04 PM

ESPN's Rich Cimini believes Denver's decision to draft Paxton Lynch could facilitate Ryan Fitzpatrick's return to the Jets.

The Broncos never pursued Fitzpatrick, but any chance he had of going to Denver died as soon as GM John Elway traded for draft Lynch at No. 26. Denver's quarterback opening gave Fitzpatrick leverage in negotiations with New York, but now the Jets are the only team with a "Help Wanted" sign. So far Fitzpatrick has held firm at his $16 million a year asking price, but he's lost most of his negotiating power and will have to settle for less if he wants to rejoin Gang Green.
Apr 29 - 11:17 AM

According to Brian Costello of the New York Post, free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick wants to play in 2016.

That doesn't necessarily contradict what ESPN's Adam Schefter reported earlier today. Schefter only said Fitzpatrick would prefer to sit than play for the Jets' low-ball offer. Obviously Fitzpatrick wants to play; he's still only 33 and is coming off his best season. But for negotiating purposes, it's necessary for him to draw a line in the sand. The Jets and Fitzpatrick still have a big gulf to overcome -- about $8 million in annual salary -- but trading disgruntled franchise player Muhammad Wilkerson would go a long way toward narrowing the gap.
Apr 28 - 4:53 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday that free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick has told people he would "rather not play football" than play for the Jets at their latest contract offer.

It's believed Gang Green offered Fitzpatrick a deal worth $7-8 million annually, while FitzMagic has demanded a contract worth upwards of $16 million per year. Fitzpatrick feels low balled and disrespected by the Jets, who want to retain him but are restricted by the salary cap. They could lessen their cap restrictions by trading franchise-tagged Muhammad Wilkerson this weekend.
Apr 28 - 3:08 PM

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan said the team's goal is to "facilitate a deal" with free agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.

New York brought Brian Hoyer in for a visit earlier this week but Maccagnan insists the team was just doing its due diligence. Maccagnan confirmed that re-signing Fitzpatrick remains the Jets' primary focus. "It'll work itself out," he said. Maccagnan said the Jets' negotiations with Fitzpatrick will not influence the team's draft plans. We fully expect Fitzpatrick and the Jets to reunite, but it might not happen right away. Neither side is in a hurry to get a deal done.
Apr 22 - 1:22 PM

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