According to Cole, the Jets are offering Fitzpatrick $7 million in base salary, but could increase that figure up to $9 million with some added incentives. However, Fitzpatrick is still looking for starter’s money and something closer to $16 million per year in a new deal.
Cole suggests that the Jets could explore their options in the trade market including Buccaneers backup QB Mike Glennon.
In regards to Geno Smith, Cole mentions that there’s “little or no faith” within the Jets about him regaining the starting job.
Buccaneers GM Jason Licht told reporters earlier in the week that several teams have shown interest in trading for Glennon this offseason and added that he’s at least listening to offers.
“There’s always interest. It’s not a secret,” Licht said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “There’s always some interest. We’ll how it goes. We’ve got some time and this is something that could go all the way to the draft.”
Another option for the Jets could be Browns veteran QB Josh McCown now that they’ve signed QB Robert Griffin III to a contract.
Yesterday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Browns will likely field trade offers for McCown with RGIII now in the hold.
Glennon, 25, is in the final year of his four-year, $3.104 million rookie contract and stands to make a reasonable base salary of $675,000 for the 2016 season.
In 2014, Glennon appeared in six games for the Buccaneers and threw for 1,417 yards while completing 57.6 percent of his passes to go along with 10 touchdowns and six interceptions.
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.