Last week, free agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick rejected the New York Jets’ three-year, $24 million offer. Fitz would be paid $12 million in 2016, but would be paid $12 million over the following two years. In other words, the Jets tried to get Fitzpatrick to sign a front-loaded deal that would pay him backup money in 2017 and 2018, unless he hit certain incentives.
The Jets need Fitzpatrick. He led the team to its first winning record since 2010. Fitzpatrick knows this, and is rightfully leveraging his 2015 success in contract discussions.
He countered with a one-year, $12 million deal, but the Jets rejected. Fitzpatrick wants to get paid like a successful starting quarterback, but he hasn’t been able to find common ground with the Jets. The stalemate ensues.