Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that while the Jets and QB Ryan Fitzpatrick have not discussed a contract extension up to this point, they hold the veteran quarterback in high regard and could attempt to re-sign him in the coming months.
According to La Canfora, Fitzpatrick would like to return to the Jets next year, so it sounds there’s mutual interest between the two parties.
La Canfora adds that getting a short-term deal in place with Fitzpatrick could become an offseason priority for the Jets, considering that there is unlikely to be many solid quarterback options in either the free agent or trade markets.
Jets HC Todd Bowles recently said that he “definitely” wants the team to re-sign the Fitzpatrick during the offseason.
“You can see it in his play,” Bowles said of what makes him believe they should re-sign Fitzpatrick, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily New. “You can see it in his demeanor, his professionalism. Every day, the way he approaches his job. So, it’s somebody you definitely want around.”
Fitzpatrick, 32, is in the final year of his two-year, $7.5 million contract that included $4 million guaranteed. He’ll make a base salary of $3.25 million before testing the open market in 2016.
This season, Fitzpatrick has thrown for 2,866 yards while completing 60.1 percent of his passes to go along with 22 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Pro Football Focus has Fitzpatrick rated as the No. 21 quarterback out of 38 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding an extension between the Jets and Fitzpatrick as the news is available.