The New York Jets and QB Ryan Fitzpatrick are "nowhere close" to reaching an agreement on a new contract, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Fitzpatrick is seeing what the market has to offer, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
However, it was reported on Thursday by Michael Silver of the NFL Network that Denver's top target is 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, who they could seek to acquire via trade. Silver said on the NFL Network that the 49ers are seeking a second round pick in return for Kaepernick.
Additionally, Adam Schefter said on ESPN that the Broncos have not had any contact with Fitzpatrick.
Jets head coach Todd Bowles and GM Mike Maccagnan have said this offseason that the team hopes to retain Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick, who was acquired by the Jets from the Texans last March, threw for 3,905 yards with 31 touchdowns and 15 interceptions last season.
As I wrote yesterday, the gamesmanship between the Jets and Fitzpatrick's agent Jimmy Sexton is ratcheting up quickly. With Houston out of the mix due to Brock Osweiler's signing, Sexton knows that the two best landing spots left for QB needy teams are the Broncos and Jets.
Colin Kaepernick is not one of Sexton's clients so Sexton knows that when the music stops the next time in the quarterback market someone will be left without a chair. Smartly, Sexton doesn't want it to be his client. That's good business, there's no fault in that.
On the Jets' side, they probably think they have given Fitzpatrick with what they deem is a fair offer but can be reasonable if another team betters them. They want to keep Fitz, but like any smart organization, they don't want to bid against themselves. That's good business too and there's also no fault in that.
But in Sexton's public relations war for the hearts and minds of Jets fans -- in what I guess is a misguided attempt to bring pressure to the team -- he's thrown everything at the Jets except the kitchen sink. Using the media, Sexton has threatened that the Jets and Fitzpatrick are far apart, that no progress has been made, and now laughably through ProFootballTalk that the Broncos (who have yet to contact Sexton) could swoop in like some white knight at any minute to steal an emotionally traumatized Fitzpatrick away to their castle.
Please. The problem is that the kitchen sink would be the most effective and in this analogy is a contract offer from another team.
Jets GM Mike Maccagnan doesn't seem phased by the campaign that is being waged against him. All Sexton has to do for the Jets to raise their offer is fax over an offer sheet from another team that bests the Jets' last offer.
As best I can tell (based on how this is being postured through the media), Sexton hasn't been able to do that yet.
All this other stuff going on over the last three days is just noise.