What do the Broncos like about Fitz?
The Jets certainly hope that Fitzpatrick will be their starting quarterback next season, but they aren't willingly to overpay for him with the free agency market not showing interest in him. The NFL Network reported the Jets have only offered Fitzpatrick a deal that is slightly more than what the Eagles gave Chase Daniel.
So if the Jets would up the ante just a little bit, maybe Fitzpatrick would understand that he's not going to get $16-$18 million at his age with his resume.
Another quarterback to watch if the Jets feel they can not re-sign Fitzpatrick is Brian Hoyer, who is expected to be out in Houston with Osweiler's arrival. Last season, Marshall totaled 109 receptions, 1,502 receiving yards, and 14 receiving touchdowns.
The Jets' contract offer was one reason why the eight-year veteran believed they were the best fit.
Could the opportunity for a featured role in the backfield have been the swaying factor in convincing Matt Forte to sign with the New York Jets over other teams closer to Super Bowl contention? In a game in which the Jets needed Fitzpatrick to be at his best in a win-and-in situation at Buffalo, he was at his worst with a three-interception meltdown in a 22-17 loss to Rex Ryan's Bills.
Ryan Fitzpatrick wants to be the Jets' quarterback.
The Broncos lost two starting quarterbacks (Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler), their leading tackler (Danny Trevathan) and their top free agent (Malik Jackson) all in one week. The Broncos were also potentially interested in Fitzpatrick though the addition of Mark Sanchez may have killed that possibility.
Marshall and Forte attended a conference in Denver before free agency, at which Marshall explained what it's like to play for the Jets. Along with Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III will continue to visit teams as a free agent. The draft doesn't have a ton of great quarterbacks and the Jets don't pick until No. 20 in the first round. Their reunion looked like a sure thing when the offseason started, but at this moment, the Jets still need to figure out who their quarterback will be in 2016.