However, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, citing a league source, reports that the problem with the Jets’ three-year offer to Fitzpatrick isn’t the reported $12 million in compensation for the first year, but the pay in the final two years of the deal.
Florio mentions that it’s curious the Jets are only willing to leak the $12 million figure in year one without also providing details for the final two years.
- Florio also writes that without the specific contract details for the rest of the Jets’ offer to Fitzpatrick, it’s impossible to characterize how good this offer really is.
Florio believes the Jets are using the media to to apply public pressure to Fitzpatrick to reconsider their standing offer him to him.
- Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk points out that there are 16 quarterbacks in the NFL who make an average base salary of $18 million or more per year. Beyond that, there are 22 quarterbacks who make over $12 million per season.
- According to Smith, some of the players who make less than $12 million a season include a number of players on their rookie deals such as: Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Andrew Luck, Blake Bortles, Jared Goff and Carson Wentz.
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.