For the last week, I have seen various publications say the Jets cannot afford to let Ryan Fitzpatrick get away. The idea is the Jets had to make a big offer to keep him. Now as contract negotiations seem to be stalled, I have seen pieces suggest the Jets should raise their offer to Fitzpatrick. I do not see any real incentive to do so.
I think the Jets need to consider two conflicting points as they approach Fitzpatrick negotiations.
- Fitzpatrick is far and away the best chance the Jets have to get quality quarterback play in 2016. This is due to factors such as familiarity with the offense, chemistry with the receivers, and body of work in 2015. And yes, I am including players like Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III when I say Fitzpatrick offers the team the highest odds of getting good quarterback play unless somebody creates a time machine that can take us back to 2012.
- Based on Fitzpatrick's career track record, the Jets should not tie themselves into a long-term commitment. The odds of Fitzpatrick regressing are relatively good. The last team that offered him a major extension lived to regret it.