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Posted 1 Jun 2016Gary Myers
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 10:02 PM
Ryan Fitzpatrick is ready to bet on himself. Will the Jets double down and take the wager?
The Daily News has learned Fitzpatrick is prepared to end his contract stalemate by letting the Jets know he will take a one-year deal for $12 million guaranteed. Itís the same money with the same guarantee the Jets are offering in the first year of their frontloaded three-year $24 million proposal that has backup money in the second and third year.
One year and $12 million is fair for Fitz and the Jets.
But at this point, the Jets are being stubborn and have not indicated they are willing to lock up Fitz for just one year, even if they are willing to pay him starterís money for just one year and are lowballing him in the second and third year.
Fitzpatrick has given up on getting multi-year security from the Jets this free agent season after he set the franchise record with 31 TD passes last year. He is ready to take his chances in the free agent market again in 2017.
The Jets want it both ways: They want three years with a serious pay cut after the first year.
Itís now up to the Jets to take some risk, too, to settle this four-month Fitz Fight and end the nightmare of Jets Nation: Geno Smith taking first-team snaps.
Iíve mentioned in the Daily News the last few weeks a one-year deal is the win-win compromise solution for Fitzpatrick and the Jets and allows them each to save face.
Fitzpatrick will get a big pay raise for the upcoming season, but isn't too keen on locking in on backup money for years two and three of any contract.
The advantage of a one-year deal for Fitzpatrick is if he has another big season, but this time instead of choking in the fourth quarter of the last game with three interceptions, he gets them into the postseason for the first time since 2010 and then cashes in with the Jets or another team.
The risk is he regresses and plays like he did for most of the first 10 years of his career and then the Jets donít want him back even to back up Christian Hackenberg and he signs as a No. 2 with his seventh team and can only get the $1 million veteran minimum in 2017.
Thereís been no negotiations between the Jets and Fitzís camp for months. Thereís been conversation but no new numbers from GM Mike Maccagnan.
Clearly, the Jets are not buying into the one-year contract idea or Fitz would be signed. The offer the Jets have had on the table is fair for 2016, even if itís still below market value for starting quarterbacks. The second and third seasons make it impossible for him to sign:
-- 2016: $12 million guaranteed. The Jets can prorate the signing bonus money over the three years of the contract. Although the breakdown of the 2016 payout is unclear, if the signing bonus is $9 million, for example, the salary cap charge for this season would be a modest $6 million. The $12 million is a nice raise over the $3.25 million he made last year. The three-year offer makes sense from the Jetsí perspective: They get a low cap number for 2016 and get Fitz cheap the next two years.
-- 2017: $6 million with $3 million guaranteed. Itís a no-lose for the Jets. If Fitz is the starter, they get him for relatively next to nothing in NFL dollars. It heís not the starter and they keep him, heís a $6 million insurance policy for Hackenberg. If he gets cut, the Jets recoup the $3 million as long as Fitz signs with another team for at least that much. If he signs for less than $3 million, the Jets make up the difference. If he canít find another job or retires after getting cut, they owe him $3 million.
-- 2018: $6 million, no money guaranteed.
There are $12 million in incentives in the three-year offer primarily tied to the Jets making the playoffs and then advancing. In the second and third years, there could also be incentives tied to number of starts.
Whatís the downside of a one-year contract for the Jets?
It itís a straight one-year deal, the 2016 salary cap hit would be $12 million. As of Wednesday, the Jets were just $3.1 million under the cap. They would have to clear $8.9 million. The more logical way to solve the cap issue is to put in an option for the second and third year that would require a huge payout before the start of the 2017 league year next March. That would guarantee the Jets cut Fitz, giving him the opportunity to test the market or sign a new deal with the Jets. Thatís what the Patriots did in Darrelle Revisí contract in 2014.
The Jets have the only starting job available to Fitzpatrick. The Jets donít want to start Smith. Fitz and the Jets need each other.
ďItís double jeopardy,Ē said one source who has been keeping a close eye on the negotiations. ďFitz is stuck. The Jets are stuck losing games without him. They need a quarterback. A one-year deal is the answer. The Jets are making this a circus. Theyíre wrong on this one.Ē
The Jets stance makes you wonder, of course, if Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall want Fitzpatrick back a whole lot more than Maccagnan and Todd Bowles.
ďWhat is odd about this is if you think about all the acrimonious contract negotiations that occur in the NFL, they almost never involve a starting quarterback,Ē said agent Leigh Steinberg, who has represented Hall of Famers Troy Aikman, Steve Young and Warren Moon and has Broncos first-round pick Paxton Lynch. ďQuarterbacks are almost never the subject of public contract negotiations. Itís the one position in football that teams treat gingerly.Ē
These are the Jets. Nothing comes easy. Say I do for one year and see if they want to renew their vows next year.
Posted 6 Apr 2016The inevitable now appears to be official: The Jets have asked D'Brickashaw Ferguson to take a pay cut.
The New York Daily News reported Wednesday that the Jets have asked their three-time Pro Bowl left tackle to take a "significant" pay cut as part of the team's ongoing effort to re-sign quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
The News reported the Jets approached Ferguson last week at the team facility. According to sources, "there is a sense" Ferguson would be open to playing at reduced salary -- within reason, of course.
The Jets and Fitzpatrick are currently in a contract stalemate with reports indicating the two sides are as much as $8 million apart in negotiations on an annual salary. Ferguson, who has been a rock on the team's offensive line for 10 seasons, is set to count $14.1 million against the cap in 2016.
The Jets may view that cost as untenable, and it's possible Ferguson could be released if a compromise cannot be worked out. This wouldn't be an optimal solution for several reasons, including the fact the Jets have no realistic alternative to plug in at left tackle. Cutting Ferguson would save $9 million in cap space.
Another factor? The 32-year-old Ferguson's play slipped in 2015. Jets coach Todd Bowles gave a far from glowing endorsement at the NFL Annual Meeting, saying: "He did some good things and he did some not-so-good things."
Ferguson has two years left on his 8-year, $73.6 million contract signed in 2010. He has never missed a snap due to injury in his entire career, one of the game's most remarkable stats.
Posted 20 Mar 2016A look at what's going on around the New York Jets:
1. Setting the table: If you're frustrated by the team's methodical approach in free agency, hang tight. The Jets have the resources to be major players next offseason. They will have plenty of cap space, extra draft picks and only one key player heading to free agency -- Muhammad Wilkerson, assuming he doesn't get a long-term contract. (Sheldon Richardson's contract will expire, but his fifth-year option will be exercised.) General manager Mike Maccagnan set it up this way, managing contracts and the cap to create the flexibility. Every decision now is made with an eye on the future.
Only two non-rookie contracts next year contain significant guaranteed money -- Darrelle Revis ($6 million) and Matt Forte ($4 million). Revis' contract includes an offset, meaning they won't get stuck with the entire $6 million cap hit if they release him (assuming he plays elsewhere). Teams are expecting the cap to spike in 2017, providing additional room. In theory, the Jets could have enough space to carry Wilkerson again on the franchise tag ($18.8 million), although that wouldn't make much cap sense.
The Jets also could receive at least three compensatory draft picks, the result of losing Damon Harrison, Chris Ivory and Demario Davis. Compensatory picks will increase in value next year because, for the first time, they can be traded.
Yes, the Jets are being squeezed now, but the future looks bright.
2. A defensive switch? We all know coach Todd Bowles prefers a 3-4 front, but based on the current personnel, it makes sense to consider a 4-3. Look at it from a numbers standpoint: With the additions of Steve McLendon and Jarvis Jenkins (their deals still haven't been made official by the team), the Jets have five starting-caliber defensive linemen. We're including the Big Three, of course -- Wilkerson, Richardson and Leonard Williams. At linebacker, the only experienced starter is David Harris, a classic "Mike" 'backer.
Bowles has a versatile group of linemen, all of whom are capable of playing multiple positions in a 4-3 front. What they don't have is a proven, speed-rushing end, which may explain why they flirted with free agent Olivier Vernon, who signed with the New York Giants. They could use second-year linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin in that role or draft somebody. The decision-makers at One Jets Drive recognize that Wilkerson, Richardson and Williams are their best front-seven players, and they've discussed ways to get all three on the field -- i.e. a 4-3 front.
Bowles isn't married to a traditional 3-4 -- he uses hybrid fronts as well -- but his preference was clear late last season, when he turned the 295-pound Richardson into an outside linebacker for the sake of running a 3-4. Look, it's early in the offseason and the roster is evolving. The draft could have an impact on which direction they choose, but know this: Good coaches adapt to their personnel.
3. Big Mac: The Jets lost a terrific run stuffer in nose tackle Damon Harrison, but McLendon isn't a shabby replacement. Consider: The Pittsburgh Steelers yielded 3.62 yards per carry without McLendon on the field, but only 2.31 yards with him, according to NFL stats. The +1.31 differential was the highest in the NFL last season among defensive linemen who played at least 300 snaps. In case you're wondering, Harrison's differential was +0.23.
4. Fitz soap opera: It's starting to look as if the Ryan Fitzpatrick situation won't be resolved until the No. 1 domino in the quarterback market falls -- Colin Kaepernick. That could go all the way to the draft, but the first pressure point is April 1. If he's still on the San Francisco 49ers' roster, his $11.9 million salary becomes guaranteed, although that wouldn't preclude them from trying to trade him.
If Kaepernick is traded to the Denver Broncos, it crushes what little leverage Fitzpatrick has. The Broncos are thought to be the only team not named the Jets that has a level of interest in him. If Kaepernick lands somewhere else, perhaps the Cleveland Browns, it improves Fitzpatrick's bargaining position. No matter what happens, I still think he ends up with the Jets.
5. Ryan's hope: Fitzpatrick wants to cash in on his career season, and you can't blame him, especially with some of the crazy money being thrown around for mediocre quarterbacks. I mean, $18 million-a-year for Brock Osweiler? That's a bit rich for a quarterback with seven starts. At the same time, Osweiler is an outlier. Under the current collective bargaining agreement, in place since 2011, only four quarterbacks have changed teams and received more than $10 million guaranteed, according to ESPN Stats & Information. They are Osweiler ($37 million), Peyton Manning ($18 million), Chase Daniel ($12 million) and Matt Flynn ($10 million).
6. Prepared to splurge: With serious cap restraints, the Jets have been signing moderately priced free agents. In fact, their four top additions -- Forte, McLendon, Jenkins and Bilal Powell -- are all making in the $3.5 million to $4 million-a-year range. Some people might be surprised to learn they were involved with two of the big-money free agents, Vernon and guard Kelechi Osemele. There are conflicting signals on their interest in Vernon, but they were definitely hot for Osemele, who landed a five-year, $59 million contract from the Oakland Raiders.
How could the cap-strapped Jets afford a big contract like that? It's certainly fair to wonder, but it shows teams are willing to spend if they identify a must-have player. The Jets felt Osemele was one of the best players on the open market and they made a run at him. It's a good approach; it shows they're not operating with blinders on.
7. Love for Geno: You remember Geno Smith, don't you? He could be a factor if Fitzpatrick leaves, according to Maccagnan. The GM said Smith "could definitely be a possibility in that [starting] role," although he tempered that statement by saying Smith is "a bit of an unknown" because he rode the bench last season. Guard Willie Colon, for one, still believes in Smith.
"I think Geno has been humbled," Colon said on ESPN New York 98.7 FM. "I think he's been at the bottom; he's taken on everything. I think he's ready to rise. I still have confidence in him. ...If Fitz doesn't come back, I'd like to see Geno get another shot."
8. Go South, men: The owners meetings begin Sunday evening in Boca Raton, Florida. The Jets' top decision-makers will be there -- Maccagnan, Bowles and owner Woody Johnson. Bowles is scheduled to address the media Tuesday morning at the AFC coaches' breakfast.
Posted 19 Mar 2016Since nothing is rally going on right I thought we could just see who everyone wants to be our QB.
I want Fitzpatrick back!! The guy set a team record for TDs in a season last year also the guy plays to win. However I don't want the jets to break the bank for him and it looks like they wont. The thing about Fitz is was this a 1 year wonder kind of thing? I hope we resign him asap so we can start on worrying about the draft,
Now if we lose Fitz I would like to see Kaepernick here but only if we sign him as a FA. No way in hell we should trade for him and take on the big deal he has. The thing I like about Kaepernick is he has a Cannon for a arm and can really stretch a Defense. Fitz don't really have a big arm to throw the ball 50 yards downfield.I would also like to see what Kaep could do with Gailey as a OC and Marshall/Decker/Forte/Amaro/Powell. I still want Fitz as my QB tho
If we don't get those 2 I would go with Petty. I really like this guy a lot!! but we might as well see what we have with this guy before we just dump him or draft a QB this year.
No to RG3
And HELL NO with Geno!! I would rather lose with a guy who wants to play before we lose with a guy who doesn't care about this team. And to top all of that off he sucks!!
Posted 3 Jan 2016Ok now that the year is over lets see how we did.
Bowels- Yes we missed the playoffs after controlling our fate but still we went from 4-12 to 10-6. plus the team lost 5 games by 7 points or less. and it seems that the whole team was just better coached.
Fitzpatrick- 3900 yards and 31 Passing TDs. by far the best QB play we have had since 2002. also played awesome down the stretch till the last game
Marshall- Had the best WR season in Jets history!
Decker- 80 Recs 1027 yards and 12 TDs and he missed a game! Awesome year for a #2 WR
Wilkerson-- 12 sack season
Pryor-- Vey nice 2nd season
Skrine- had a really good year in the slot
Offense- 3900 yard QB[Would have been 4000 if Fitz don't get hurt against Oak on the 1st drive] 1000 yard rusher and 2 1000 yard 10 TDs WR. and the most yards gained in Jets history in a season
Defense- Awful in the last game of the year. but kept us in and won a bunch of games this year. 30 Takeaways this year
Revis-- This one was kinda tuff because he didn't do well the last few weeks but the guy had 8 Takeaways this season
Mangold- The key to our O-line we saw how bad we were when he was out.
Marcus Williams- Guy did a good job when we needed him.
Special teams- AWFUL almost all year. gave up 2 punt return TDs and were awful covering punts all season. Plus 0 run backs for TDs and nothing really at all on returns.
Kerley- Fell out of the 3rd WR spot and was just bad at PR all year
Cromartie- Normally in the past he would make a bad play and make up with a good play not this year tho. Got burnt a lot and missed a lot of key tackles.
TEs-- All of them sucked in the passing game.
Devin Smith--- Learn how to Catch the ball in the offseason
Dee Milliner- I was hoping this guy would work his way up to #2 over Cro but got hurt in camp and just never moved up the dept chart.
Pass Rush-- Now I thought after the Draft our D-line was going to be a beast pass rush but it just never really came to life the way I dreamed.
Quigley-- way to up and down and most of the time down
Overall it was good to see us go from 4-12 doormat the 10-6 in the playoff hunt. it just stings that we stood in our own way this year of the playoffs by beating ourselves 3 maybe 4 times.
Lets hope this is the start of good things to come I think we have the right guys calling the shots now.
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