- Darlington admits that these aren’t the only names to keep an eye on, but they’re most definitely two of the important ones.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media previously reported that the Jets and Fitzpatrick were “far apart” in talks regarding a contract extension, and he is expected to test the open market.
Before that, Jason Cole of B/R mentioned that the Jets had made it very clear to him that they want him back as their starter in 2016. However, the Jets’ offers didn’t reflect this kind of commitment in terms of the salary they’re offering to Fitzpatrick, and there are even some Jets’ players who want the team to bring in some better competition at quarterback to push Fitzpatrick for the job.
It’s been speculated that the new two-year, $36 million contract signed by Eagles QB Sam Bradford will likely impact contract talks between Fitzpatrick and the Jets.
Fitzpatrick, 32, played out the final year of his two-year, $7.5 million contract that included $4 million guaranteed and is now in position to secure a sizable raise in the coming days as one of the best quarterbacks 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.
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