Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has been in an stalemate with the New York Jets since February over a contract dispute. Thus far, the team has offered him an annual salary of $7 million to $8 million, but Fitz prefers twice that amount and isn’t not budging on his stance. After being acquired by from the Houston Texans via trade in 2015, Fitzpatrick led the Jets to 10-6 season and posted career high numbers with 3,905 passing yards and 31 touchdown passes (a team record).
Moreover, the Jets finished 10th in total yards among all NFL teams in 2015, which is the highest its been since 1998. Though they failed to make the playoffs despite posting a winning record, the Jets were very hopeful for the future, but now that may be in turmoil as ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Fitzpatrick has been quoted saying he would “rather not play football” than accept the current offer from the Jets.
A bold move for the 33-year-old quarterback, but the team doesn’t have many other options. They currently have Geno Smith an Bryce Petty as the other quarterbacks on their roster. The franchise even entertained the idea of signing Brian Hoyer and Robert Griffin III, with RGIII eventually signing with the Cleveland Browns. At the moment, the Jets have even discussed potentially drafting a QB somewhere in this years draft.