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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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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

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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

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets are not expected to reach a deal prior to the draft.

ESPN's Rich Cimini has reported the Jets are offering more than the $8 million a year which had been rumored, but the two sides remain far apart. The Jets could attempt to parlay franchise-tagged DE Muhammad Wilkerson into a dramatic jump up the draft board to land a top quarterback, but short of a blockbuster, they are unlikely to find a Week 1 starter in the draft. New York is reportedly "interested" in free agent Brian Hoyer and will continue to express "interest" in any half-useful quarterback who becomes available, but a Fitzpatrick reunion remains the best possible outcome for both sides. This deal should happen eventually.
Apr 18 - 9:38 AM

Jets owner Woody Johnson insists it's not imperative that the team re-sign free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick.

"I think this is a big team," Johnson said. "We've made our statements regarding Ryan Fitzpatrick well-known, and I'll stick with those that we've made." Everyone knows the Jets desperately want to keep Fitz, but the owner can't come out and just say it. Fitz hasn't developed leverage elsewhere. A reunion is all but inevitable.
Apr 14 - 4:45 PM

According to ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini, New York is offering free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick more than what has been reported.

Reports have had the Jets' offer at $7-8 million annually, with Fitzpatrick's asking price in the $16 million-a-year range. The real offer is somewhere in between. D'Brickashaw Ferguson's retirement generated $14.1 million in cap space, but the Jets have already used $6 million of that on Ryan Clady. We imagine the two sides will work out a compromise before the April 18 beginning of the Jets' offseason program.
Apr 10 - 11:29 AM

According to ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini, New York would "ideally" have a deal in place with free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick before the team's offseason program begins on April 18.

Then again, nothing has gone "ideally" so far as the Jets and Fitzpatrick are still far apart in negotiations. Fitzpatrick is reportedly seeking $16 million a year while the Jets won't go higher than $9 million annually. It seems the two sides are still waiting to see what happens with Colin Kaepernick, who could be headed to Denver if he agrees to a pay cut. At that point, Fitzpatrick would lose some of his leverage and might be forced to accept the Jets' lowball offer. The Jets could try to force his hand by flirting with Josh McCown and Brian Hoyer, though they tried that once before with Robert Griffin III and Fitzpatrick didn't budge.
Apr 3 - 8:45 AM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports the Jets have offered free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick a $7 annual salary but are willing to go up to $9 million a year.

Fitzpatrick is asking for $16 million a year. The two sides are miles apart and both seem willing to wait it out. Cole reports there is "little or no faith within the organization" that Geno Smith is capable of taking over the starting job, which means the Jets will have to look elsewhere if Fitzpatrick doesn't agree to their terms. One replacement option Cole mentioned was Mike Glennon, who is entering the last year of his deal with Tampa Bay.
Mar 25 - 6:24 PM

The New York Daily News' Manish Mehta reports the Jets have had an "open line of communication" with free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Jets owner Woody Johnson said re-signing Fitzpatrick remains a priority, but coach Todd Bowles was less enthusiastic Tuesday. "You want everything to work out fine," Bowles said. "But if it doesn't, you want to have plans B, C and D in place as well." Bowles said the team has a deadline for Fitzpatrick to make a decision, but added, "We're not close to that." It remains likely Fitzpatrick returns to New York, but the two sides will likely stare down each other for a little while longer.
Mar 22 - 12:17 PM

Jets owner Woody Johnson says re-signing free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick remains a priority.

However, Johnson refused to say it was the priority for Gang Green. Asked about a timetable, Johnson said he hoped to get a deal done "before the season." We wouldn't expect this game of hardball to drag out much longer.
Mar 21 - 1:51 PM

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan said the team's goal is to eventually get free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick under contract.

Maccagnan said he hopes the two sides can find a "middle ground" at some point. The Broncos still have their sights on Colin Kaepernick while the Browns are likely to draft a quarterback with the No. 2 pick. That doesn't leave Fitzpatrick with many options. The Jets hold all the cards here. It's likely Fitzpatrick will eventually cave and agree to a team-friendly deal.
Mar 18 - 3:37 PM

Profootballtalk reports "nothing is currently happening" between the Jets and free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Per Mike Florio, the Jets have "offered Fitzpatrick backup money, and they’ve yet to increase the offer." Florio frames the Broncos' interest as purely cursory. The Jets gambled Fitzpatrick wouldn't have a robust market, and look like they're going to be rewarded in the form of a team-friendly contract.
Mar 17 - 7:19 PM

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