Ryan Fitzpatrick and the New York Jets are at a standstill. New York is reportedly offering the free-agent quarterback a deal worth $7-8 million a year. Fitzpatrick, however, wants twice that.
“He can wait. He doesn’t have to do anything now,” CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “But unless there’s an injury somewhere, unless a quarterback gets suspended or gets hurt – and by quarterback, I mean starting quarterback – or a starting quarterback abruptly retires, this market is what it is. There’s a lot of parties, whether they be a player, an agent or a general manager, feigning interest here and there and playing these little games of deception and three-card monte. I think we all know who they want to end up with. But if the 49ers want too much for (Colin) Kaepernick, then sure, Denver will give Jimmy Sexton a call ostensibly about Ryan Fitzpatrick, even though they’re not going to come anywhere close to $15-16 million for a 33-year-old quarterback who’s got 116 picks in 113 career games. It’s not going to happen. He makes the most sense for the Jets.”
Which is why the Jets may express interest in Kaepernick or Robert Griffin III.
“Then you can just follow the dominoes,” La Canfora said. “The 49ers want to sign RG3 on the cheap but they can’t bring him in now. If they bring him in for a visit now and they sign him, it undermines whatever leverage they think they have in terms of a Kaepernick trade. A lot of teams just think they’re going to cut him before his deal becomes guaranteed anyway. We’re kind of in that soft spot between the end of high-end NFL free agency and the league meetings, which get cranked up over the weekend where everyone’s together for three or four days and maybe that spurs some action.”
In the end, La Canfora believes Kaepernick goes to Denver, Griffin goes to San Francisco and Fitzpatrick is back with the Jets.
“Maybe he gets a little more than they have on the table right now,” La Canfora said of the Harvard product, “but I don’t see him getting close to what he’s asking for.”