Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick would "rather not play football" than return to the Jets at their current contract offer, according to Adam Schefter.
Update - 5 p.m.: This report has been refuted by Brian Costello on Twitter. "Fitz wants to play," Costello wrote.
The Jets have reportedly offered between $7-8 million to Fitzpatrick. The team reportedly also prefers an incentive-driven contract offer, but Fitzpatrick is resisting such an offer, according to Brian Costello.
The Jets and Fitzpatrick have been far apart in contract negotitations all offseason. Fitzpatrick is reportedly seeking something comparable to what other NFL starters have gotten this offseason, while the Jets offer has been much lower.
The Jets have a plan for Fitzpatrick, according to Dom Cosentino of NJ.com. This plan includes placing a value on his worth, given his age (33), his career arc, and whatever their long-term plan is at quarterback.
I can't tell if this is this is the last hurrah for Fitzpatrick's agent, Jimmy Sexton, in a cash grab move for his client or if Fitzpatrick really feels that way. Either way, it is meant to elicit a response from the Jets front office and if Fitzpatrick is truly content to hang up his cleats it would feel like a very odd and unsatisfying conclusion to this whole sordid affair. I get that Fitzpatrick might feel undervalued but if no single other NFL team is willing to match or better the Jets offer than Fitzpatrick does truly need to consider whether he wants to play for love of money or for love of the game. No judegment from me, but right now it seems like the former rather than the latter.
As for the Jets? I don't think this will do anything to slide their draft board around. Good GMs use their draft board like lazy home chefs use their RONCO chicken rotisserie roasters ... JUST SET IT AND FORGET IT! Maybe this puts the Jets back in play for Brian Hoyer after the draft concludes or maybe this puts the Jets into the trade market for a player like Nick Foles, Mike Glennon or Sam Bradford.
Let's just hope that Fitzpatrick is willing to come back for his love of the game.