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Jets not interested in one-year, $12 million for Fitzpatrick

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5 minutes ago, Larz said:

Macc is being a dick .  Who locks themselves into backup money?

Perhaps a backup?  Whether he likes it or not, no one but the Jets seem to have any interest in Fitz as a starter

While I can understand Fitz's thoughts on why he'd be willing to take only the best part of the Jets' offer, there's also good reason for the Jets to not see that as some sort of great compromise.  The whole idea behind the Jets willing to up their offer over what they previously had as his perceived value is the additional long-term benefit that they would get along with it.  That money would be part of a future investment they would be making, so they have no reason to agree to such an increased spending while receiving no benefit in return.  The supposed "concession" Fitz seems to be willing to take appears to be entirely to his advantage, considering regardless of how much he may want, no one is offering anything close to the Jets.  If he's nothing more than a one-year placeholder, then you simply don't pay that much money for such a player.

I don't even blame Fitz for trying to get as much as he wants, but the idea that he's making some sort of sacrifice here isn't the reality, and the Jets have little reason to let that influence them.

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3 hours ago, Larz said:

That's why the 1 year deal makes sense. He's not going to start then lock in for backup.money

It makes sense for him, but not for the Jets.  In today's NFL with the rolling cap, the amount on the books in a single year means very little, with the only exception of how much could possibly be saved if he doesn't play out the contract.  The Jets were offering him a more front-loaded deal to make him feel better about it, but in the end they ultimately valued him at $8M / year.  Fitz may want more than that, and given that he's a FA that's well within his rights, but it's not based in reality to pretend that he's making some sort of great concession by saying that he's willing to take a one-year deal for 50% more than their current yearly average offer.  If he said he'd sign for 1 year at $8M, I have a funny feeling you'd see a very different response from the Jets.

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