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Jets Hopeful Agreement Can Be Reached with Fitzpatrick
Friday, Jan. 22
Rich Cimini of ESPN passed along comments about the situation from Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan on Friday, and he stated the organization feels "very strongly" about keeping Fitzpatrick.
"Hopefully, we'll be able to get something done here in the near future," Maccagnan said.
Fitzpatrick took over the reins of the Jets offense after the now infamous encounter between Geno Smith and IK Enemkpali, which left the quarterback with a broken jaw. He ended up leading the team within one victory of the playoffs.
The 33-year-old quarterback finished the season with 31 touchdown passes, seven more than his previous career high, and over 3,900 yards while appearing in all 16 games.
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Now the question is how much an extension will cost the franchise, which has only a shade over $12 million in projected cap space heading into the offseason.
Fitzpatrick counted just $3.25 million against the cap for the 2015 season, according to Spotrac. It's fair to expect that amount to jump quite a bit given the high price of quarterbacks and the continued demand for upgrades around the league, which could make him a key target if he hits the open market.
That said, the Jets still need to proceed with caution. The Bills previously rewarded Fitzpatrick with a lucrative contract extension after a strong start to the 2011 campaign. He flamed out quickly and never provided much value for that investment.
The front office sounds confident an agreement will get worked out, and it makes sense for the sides to stick together. New York shouldn't break the bank to make it happen, though.