Fitzpatrickgate has taken some bizarre turns. From Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall allegedly holding out from attending OTA’s due to solidarity to Ryan Fitzpatrick himself wanting too much money, the latest news on the former and potential future Jets quarterback goes in another strange direction.
Jets front office is objecting to Fitzpatrick’s one-year, $12 million dollar demand and instead wants him to sign a three-year, $24 million dollar deal. The math behind wanting a lesser cap hit per year is easy to understand. The idea the Jets can get him to sign a longer deal for 75% off of his asking price is not.
A little offseason contract bluffing and posturing is the nature of business itself. Each party has taken a turn at being the public piñata. Yet in the end, Fitz will come away the winner. All signs point to him making no less than $10-12 million in 2016. Quite a hefty sum for a middle-of-the-road quarterback on the downside of his career for a team unlikely to make the AFC Championship game.
Regardless of the terms, one has to wonder when Fitzpatrickgate will come to an end. For the sake of getting through the monotony of the NFL offseason, let’s hope not anytime soon.