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Draft Scout Ryan Fitzpatrick News
04/28/16 - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has expressed that he would "rather not play football" than accept the team's current contract offer, ESPN reported on Thursday. New York is offering a contract of between $7 and $8 million per season while Fitzpatrick is requesting a deal for approximately twice that amount. Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan had repeatedly said signing Fitzpatrick is the team's leading priority but the stalemate has persisted. Fitzpatrick passed for a franchise-record 31 touchdown passes last season and also passed for a career-best 3,905 yards.
03/15/16 - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick wants to return to the New York Jets and the team apparently feels the same. The bridge separating the journeyman quarterback from the franchise is compensation.
Fitzpatrick feels the Jets are offering him the equivalent of a low-end starter or high-end backup salary, ESPN reported, saying the sides remained "far apart."
Robert Griffin III met with the Jets last week, but the team termed it "due diligence" and said no contract parameters were discussed.
New running back Matt Forte said he knows Fitzpatrick will be "a big part of" who the Jets are in 2016.
"Based off last year's production, and the way Brandon (Marshall) has talked about the chemistry he's built with Ryan, I would expect and hope it would be him, just based off what they had last year," Forte said on a conference call.
Fitzpatrick had a career year with the Jets under the tutelage of offensive coordinator Chan Gailey last season but, according to NFL Network, Fitzpatrick was offered a contract only slightly better than the three-year, $21 million deal the Philadelphia Eagles gave presumed backup Chase Daniel.
The Jets are not expected to budge from the offer to the 33-year-old journeyman and might turn their attention elsewhere immediately. One option for general manager Mike Maccagnan is a deal with his former boss, Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith, to bring in Brian Hoyer.
Hoyer has one year left on his contract with the Texans at $4 million. He signed a $10.5 million, two-year deal with Houston last spring.
Former second-round pick Geno Smith is under contract for 2016 and his cap number is just over $1.56 million, the final season of his rookie contract. He also failed to wrap up the starting job with Fitzpatrick idle because of a leg injury in the 2015 offseason and preseason.
From Fitzpatrick's perspective, the Jets are low-balling him based on the average salary of starting quarterbacks in the NFL.
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12/30/15 - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (thumb, back, right elbow) was limited in practice Wednesday. "Body aches," said coach Todd Bowles, who expressed no concern over Fitzpatrick's availability for Sunday's win-and-they're-in game against the Buffalo Bills. Fitzpatrick needs one touchdown pass to become the first Jets quarterback to throw 30 touchdowns in a season. He is also 276 yards shy of becoming the second Jets quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards in a season and 284 yards shy of breaking Joe Namath's franchise record for passing yardage, set during a 14-game season in 1967.
Fitzpatrick was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week after going 26-for-41 for 296 yards and three touchdowns Sunday, including the game-winning 6-yard overtime strike to WR Eric Decker.
12/28/15 - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick tied the franchise record for touchdown passes in a single season on Sunday, when he tossed three touchdowns in the Jets' 26-20 overtime win over the New England Patriots. Fitzpatrick's six-yard touchdown pass to WR Eric Decker in overtime was his 29th of the season, which matched Vinny Testaverde's total from 1998. Prior to this season, Fitzpatrick's career-high in touchdown passes was 24, achieved twice with the Buffalo Bills in 2011 and 2012.
12/16/15 - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week Tuesday, two days after he went 21-of-36 for 263 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Jets' 30-8 win over the Tennessee Titans. Fitzpatrick is the second straight Jets player to be named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week. WR Brandon Marshall earned the honors for week 13 after catching 12 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown in the Jets' 23-20 overtime win over the New York Giants. Fitzpatrick has thrown for 930 yards, nine touchdowns and no interceptions during the Jets' three-game winning streak.