In 2015, New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had one of the best seasons the team has ever had at the position. And he’s looking at the recent signings of Sam Bradford and Brock Osweiler thinking, “Man, its time for me to get paid.” But the Jets don’t exactly agree with what he’s asking for, putting the two sides at an impasse.
Fitzpatrick had a better year than Osweiler and Bradford, going 10-6 to 5-2 and 7-7 for Osweiler and Bradford. But he also had the other 10 years of his career, where he went 33-55-1 as a starter. So they are actually right not to pay a career journeyman quarterback $18 million a year.
As a matter of fact, there are players inside the Jets’ locker room that are confident in another quarterback on the team. Impending free agent guard Willie Colon, who’s seriously considering retirement these days, added Geno Smith to the Jets’ quarterback situation on ESPN Radio in New York Saturday.
He said, “I think Geno [Smith] has been humbled. I think he’s been at the bottom and taken everything. I think he’s ready to rise. I still have confidence in him. I think with the pieces we have around him he can be successful. Honestly, I believe that, I think Geno is a good quarterback. If Fitz doesn’t come back, I’d like to see Geno get another shot.”
Colon has been one of the Jets’ vocal leaders over the past three seasons so that must carry some weight. The Jets’ problem is as bad is the 2016 free agent class is at quarterback, the market is set. And there aren’t any better options out there so overpaying a journeyman quarterback in his 30s who has flamed out on big contracts in the past may be the thing to do.
Or they can take a chance on a potentially dynamic, young quarterback that was the starter in 2015 before getting knocked out by a teammate in the locker room?