Fitz, Fitz and more Fitz. Such is the state of the New York Jets. Here we go again:
@RichCimini: The option-year concept is a good idea, one that I proposed several days ago. I believe there is some merit to a Darrelle Revis-like option, but I don't think the Jets share the same opinion. First, let me provide a quick refresher on the Revis situation.
In 2014, Revis signed a two-year, $32 million contract with the New England Patriots, but the second year was a phony option year -- a cap-busting $20 million option that no one (including Revis) expected them to exercise. What it did, though, was allow the Patriots to spread the cap hit from the signing bonus ($10 million) over two seasons. In the end, it was a one-year, $12 million contract.
Coincidentally, the Jets are offering Ryan Fitzpatrick a total of $12 million in the first year of a three-year contract. The Fitzpatrick camp reportedly is amenable to a one-year, $12 million contract, but the Jets aren't interested. So what about one year plus the bogus option? It would be a cap-friendly way to go, saving several million on the 2016 cap. From the Jets' perspective, it's like putting lipstick on a pig.
Essentially, it would be a one-year, $12 million contract and -- let me say it again -- the Jets won't pay that much for one year. Why not? Three reasons: They don't think Fitzpatrick is a $12 million quarterback. They want to keep him around in 2017, either as a backup or a starter if Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty aren't ready. Lastly, they don't want to go through another negotiation a year from now.
Wait a second, let me add a fourth reason: Because they feel they don't have to change anything, based on the fact that they're the only team bidding for him.
Obviously, Fitzpatrick would sign a Revis-like contract because he'd make $12 million and could test the market again next year. There's very little risk for him in that kind of arrangement.
The Jets want no part of it because they know they have the leverage, and they're trying to squeeze Fitzpatrick into accepting a deal that would pay him backup money for the second and third year -- $6 million in each season. A prohibitive option year would force the two sides to re-evaluate after the season, allowing him to test his value once again. The Jets aren't interested in that because they believe they can control him for 2017, and they don't want to relinquish that.
So to answer your question, the Revis comparison is intriguing, but I'd be surprised if it happens.