The New York Jets and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick have been unable to come to an agreement on a contract this offseason. The two sides seem far apart as reports have indicated that the quarterback is prepared to sit out the season rather than take the contract the Jets are offering and that his asking price is right around that of Brock Osweiler who signed a four-year $72 million deal with the Houston Texans.
Former Jets linebacker Bart Scott joined NFL Radio on SiriusXM to talk about the situation on Tuesday.
“Fitz don’t have a leg to stand on, man. He is who he is… On another 20 teams in the league, he would be a backup. The only teams that he would start for are the teams that have bad quarterback situations. He’s a bridge guy, a glue guy.
OK, he wants $15 [million] because [Brock] Osweiler. But he hasn’t reached his ceiling yet. They’re paying for his potential, what he might be able to become. It’s all downhill right now for Fitz…
All these people are tripping about money and respect. Man, come on, man. It’s a lot of people out there that are underpaid and there are a lot of people that are overpaid. You had your opportunity when you had your leverage in Buffalo. You got paid, you took advantage of it. You don’t get to cash in twice, bro. It’s only 32 jobs. If you don’t take it, somebody will. One thing I know about the NFL is they will turn the page and move on.”
Scott is exactly right. Osweiler is 25 years old and has only attempted 305 passes in 21 career games while Fitzpatrick has been in the NFL for 12 years and has started for six different teams. Although he did have one of the best years of his career in 2015, that doesn’t mean that he deserves to be paid like a franchise quarterback. It means he did a nice job with a strong set of weapons around him.