The NFL offseason has been a little hectic thus far, but there’s only one team that I’m really worried about- the Jets. For most of my life, the Jets have been the laughing stock of the AFC, especially in the East where the New England Patriots have reigned supreme ever since Tom Brady and Bill Belichick teamed up. This sort of changed this past season with the addition of Brandon Marshall and Ryan Fitzpatrick. They managed to work their way to a 10-6 record, but then ultimately lost to the Buffalo Bills in a game that would’ve sent them to the playoffs. Now, the real question is will Fitzpatrick and the Jets reach a negotiation or will the Jets leave him by the wayside and go in another direction?
I am as big of a Fitz fan as every other New York fan, but I personally don’t think he will get the contract he wants. Reports say he has been asking for a bigger contract than what is being offered, and the Jets are giving him a hard time. I don’t blame them. Fitzpatrick is a seasoned quarterback who has been a backup for most of his career. He did bring a sense of leadership to the locker room, but with an improved offense consisting of Marshall, Decker, and the recent addition of Matt Forte, the Jets’ front office knows a decision needs to be made. Bowles and his coaching staff know that their choice at the QB position is what can truly bring the offense together. Right now, we still have Geno Smith, who lost his starting role to Fitz, and Bryce Petty, a quarterback that the team drafted in 2015. Of course they are always options for starting this year, but free agency seems to have more desirable options. Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III are both free agent quarterbacks, and apparently, both have been in touch with the Jets.
Kaepernick had a couple good seasons for the San Francisco 49ers, including making it to the Super Bowl and losing. When RGIII wasn’t injured, he was a force to be reckoned with at the QB position. They are both running quarterbacks who also happen to have cannons for throwing arms. Kaep or RGIII would be great options, except for the fact that they both have been plagued by injuries. However, if I had to choose one to play on my team, I would pick RGIII. I think he can thrive in a market like NY and he can takeover that leadership role easily.
I’m Kayla Nyree, and whatever will be, will be!