The New York Jets are one of a handful of teams with unsettled business at the quarterback position. At this time, free-agent signal caller Ryan Fitzpatrick has yet to accept the team’s latest offer of a one-year deal worth $12 million.
Frankly, it would now appear that head coach Todd Bowles is exhausted with all of the Fitzpatrick buzz.
Asked about backups if Fitz comes back, Bowles said, "With all due respect, I’m through talking about Fitz."
— Seth Walder (@SethWalder) June 16, 2016
Fitzpatrick originally snubbed a three-year offer of $24 million that would have essentially paid him the same $12 million in 2016.
With the current impasse, it appears that the Jets are finished in their attempts to sway Fitzpatrick back to the team. In April, Fitz threatened that he would just as soon retire rather than settle on what he considers a “low-ball” offer.
As the weeks tick on, it is looking more like Geno Smith will be the Jets’ starter. Not completely convinced that Bryce Petty or rookie Christian Hackenberg would serve as a suitable backup beyond Smith, the Jets are considering adding a veteran quarterback to the mix if Fitz doesn’t return.
Watch out Jets fans. You’ve been warned. With the free-agent market very slim at quarterback, it would be interesting to see who the Jets reach out to. Maybe a Tim Tebow return is in the cards.