- Rich Cimini of ESPN writes that the Jets leaking contract details in regards to their standing offer for QB Ryan Fitzpatrick may have been a response to Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall holding out of practice last week.
- Cimini points out that all three players are represented by the same agency, CAA.
- Cimini gets the sense that the Jets offer to Fitzpatrick is close to a three-year, $24 million deal with $12 million in year one.
- One solution that could make sense for both parties would be a one- or two-year contract with a team option for 2017.
“We’re looking for him to make a big step this year,” Dolphins HC Adam Gase explained, via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. “I think for a man his size, he’s pretty quick. He’s powerful. Our biggest thing with him is being able to keep him on the field and get him going and be productive on a consistent basis. Every time – week in and week out – he becomes a guy that whoever’s in there with him, that group is disruptive.”
- Gase said that he “definitely” wants to get WR Kenny Stills more involved in 2016 after he was targeted just 63 times last season. (Barry Jackson)
Depending on how the Jets play this and whether owner Woody Johnson instructs GM Mike Maccagnan to cave in talks with Ryan Fitzpatrick, a former GM tells Rich Cimini that it could have impact future negotiations with players.
“I would’ve never let it get to this point,” the former GM said. “The drums are only getting louder. They played it all wrong, and [Fitzpatrick] is playing on their weakness.”
- One of the early standouts from Jets’ practice was former first-round CB Dee Milliner, according to Cimini.
- Mike Reiss points out that the Patriots have a “potential sensitive situation” on their hands with CB Malcolm Butler, LB Jamie Collins and LB Dont’a Hightower all in line for new contracts.