It has been fascinating to watch Ryan Fitzpatrick and his agent conduct a negotiating stare-down with the New York Jets this spring.
Fitz remains unsigned, despite throwing 31 TD passes and helping the Jets to a 10-6 record last season. No coach in the NFL will make better use of his ability than Jets offensive chief Chan Gailey. The Jets’ current QB roster is 4-12 caliber: Geno Smith, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg.
Yet the Jets have played this negotiation perfectly. They know how the NFL views Fitz. At age 33, he’s a “bridge” to your QB of the future. If things go close to perfect, he might get you a wild-card playoff berth. Fitz’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, also represents Brock Osweiler, who got $18 million a year from Houston. But Osweiler is 25.
Fitz is fortunate to already have earned about $39 million in 11 seasons. No way Fitz retires. At the height of his powers and coming off a 31-TD year, he’d regret it the rest of his life. Fitz has an economics degree from Harvard. He gets markets. Ultimately he will accept reality and take the Jets’ offer of about $8 million a year.