For months we've all waited, and argued, and speculated would Ryan Fitzpatrick return to the Jets. But once the Broncos hit Fitzpatrick with the 'thanks, but no thanks" treatment it was obvious Fitzpatrick would be back with the Jets for the 2016 season.
Sure there was vague threat of retirement, but he had no other options and he still wants to play, and play under Chan Gailey, and with his teammates on the Jets. Fitzpatrick was never going to retire even if he can't get as much money as he wants. Now he has confirmed this and admits he'll have to settle for less than he was hoping for.
"I want to play. I love playing the game of football," Fitzpatrick said in an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "I had a great time, probably my best season last year, in terms of how much fun I had with the guys, out there every Sunday. It's something I still really enjoy doing, and something I want to continue to do."
When Fitzpatrick was asked if retirement is an option he said, "I'm playing football next year." And with only one team willing to pay him in the $8 million per year range, he will be playing for the Jets. It's just a matter of when the two sides agree he needs to re-join the team.
"I'm getting ready and preparing for the season. A little bit different, just because I'm not in the facility," Fitzpatrick said. "I'm doing it myself. At this point, just continue to be patient and let things work their way out. We'll see how everything happens."
OTAs start tomorrow, so he could return as soon as then but both sides could be content to let him sit out OTAs to give Geno Smith, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg more reps. When Fitzpatrick officially re-signs is the only remaining question, but by the start of training camp you can fully expect to see him back with his beloved teammates.
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