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You know the sound of a tree branch hitting a sand dune? How about when you slap a down pillow?
That's about the impact Ryan Fitzpatrick makes in the NFL. The trouble is that is still viable and somewhat valuable as a starting quarterback.
The 33-year-old journeyman proved as much with the New York Jets last season, the best one of his professional career. He posted career-best numbers with 3,981 passing yards and 31 touchdowns after finding Mecca in New York.
So why hasn't he re-signed yet?
Well, Fitzpatrick wants $16 million to $18 million a year, per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. That's why. That's rich coming from a guy who couldn't complete 60 percent of his passes and regressed to 6.7 yards per attempt in spite of his resurgence.
There are a few starting jobs left, which is likely what he is trying to leverage into such a huge deal. But the fact that the Jets are balking at his demands and he isn't getting much traction elsewhere should be a wake-up call.