The Jets used a second-round pick on Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg on Friday, but they don’t plan on throwing him into the fire as a rookie. Instead, their goal is to sit Hackenberg next season and break him into the NFL slowly, tweets Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
Rapoport expects the Jets to bring back veteran free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick on a one-year deal, though the two sides haven’t had meaningful contract talks in weeks, a source told Adam Schefter of ESPN (Twitter link).
Fitzpatrick and the Jets have been at an impasse since the signal-caller’s contract expired last month. Per an ESPN.com report Thursday, the Jets’ offer to Fitzpatrick remains in the $7MM to 8MM annual range, while the veteran signal-caller is believed to be seeking upward of twice that amount.
At least one report has suggested that the Jets’ offer to Fitzpatrick is similar to the deal the Eagles gave Chase Daniel, which was worth $21MM over three years, but included another $15MM in incentives. However, on the heels of a career season in which he threw 31 touchdowns and helped the Jets to a 10-6 record, it appears Fitzpatrick wants New York to make an offer less reliant on incentives and heavier on base value.
If the Jets and Fitzpatrick aren’t able to find common ground, the second-best option available in free agency is Brian Hoyer. While Hoyer visited with the Jets earlier this month after the Texans released him, New York reportedly isn’t one of the teams that has made him an offer. The Steelers, Cowboys and Bears are pushing for his services, and he’s likely to make a decision on his future soon.