Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Jets and QB Ryan Fitzpatrick are “far apart” in talks regarding a contract extension, and Fitzpatrick is expected to test the open market in the coming days.
Last we heard regarding Fitzpatrick, Jason Cole of B/R reported that the Jets had made it very clear to him that they want him back as their starter in 2016.
However, Cole added that the Jets’ offers don’t reflect this kind of commitment in terms of the salary they’re offering to Fitzpatrick, and there are even some Jets’ players who want the team to bring in some better competition at quarterback to push Fitzpatrick for the job.
It’s been speculated that the new two-year, $36 million contract signed by Eagles QB Sam Bradford will likely impact contract talks between Fitzpatrick and the Jets.
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.
In 2015, Fitzpatrick threw for 3,905 yards while completing 59.6 percent of his passes to go along with 31 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Pro Football Focus has Fitzpatrick rated as the No. 27 quarterback out of 37 qualifying players.
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