While this appears to be a great sign for him being back with the Jets, Cole adds that the Jets’ offers don’t reflect this kind of commitment in terms of the salary they’re offering to Fitzpatrick.
According to Cole, some Jets’ players want the team to bring in some better competition at quarterback to push Fitzpatrick for the job.
Some have already mentioned that the new two-year, $36 million contract signed by Eagles QB Sam Bradford will likely impact contract talks between Fitzpatrick and the Jets.
The fact that New York wants Fitzpatrick next year shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, considering that GM Mike Maccagnan has said as much in recent weeks.
Friday during an interview with WFAN 660 that he plans to speak with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick‘s agent “in the very near future” regarding a contract extension.
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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