Rapoport says that this is the “first legitimate” deadline for a deal to get, assuming that Fitzpatrick is going to remain the Jets’ starting quarterback.
According to Rapoport, Fitzpatrick is still looking for the Jets to increase their from the reported $8 million or so they’re currently offering him.
There hasn’t been a lot of buzz regarding a deal between the two sides in recent weeks, but it’s getting to the point where they’re going to have to get serious about determining whether or not there’s a deal to be made or if the Jets will move on.
New York has made it clear that they would like to have Fitzpatrick back at their price, and it’s not as though there are that many starting jobs available right now. Even so, Fitzpatrick has maintained all along that he should be paid like a starting quarterback and not have to settle for top-tier backup quarterback money.
Fitzpatrick, 32, played out the final year of his two-year, $7.5 million contract that included $4 million guaranteed and is currently the best quarterback still available in this year’s market.
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.
We have him featured in our Best Available Free Agents list.