a blog by La Kifo
The Jets and Fitzpatrick still have not come to terms on a deal as the NFL draft approaches.
The two reportedly are also pretty far off when it comes to yearly compensation. Fitz is looking for a deal that would pay him annually around $15 million, while the Jets were looking to give the veteran QB somewhere around $9 million.
That is not as big of gap as it may seem. $6 million in the NFL negotiations is in between large and small. Despite how big their discrepancy is, there is little to no doubt what the Jets locker room wants the front office to do. They want Fitz back. If they want to get him back it looks like they are going to have to clear up more space to fit the Harvard grad QB and potential draft picks.
An area that New York is very deep in is their defensive line. They have Leonard Williams, Sheldon Richardson, Muhammad Wilkerson all at the DE/DT position. Out of those three, the best option would be to trade Wilkerson because he is in need of a new contract, he just got franchised this offseason so come next offseason, it is more than likely that the Jets can not afford him. This way you get good compensation for a very good player instead of shitty compensation that the NFL rewards teams for losing high end players. I would say the teams that would match up on a trade for a high 1st round pick would be Dallas, Tampa Bay, Chicago, New Orleans. Dallas might not wanna trade the 4th overall pick, but the other teams on the list should be happy to trade down to the Jets 20th while acquiring Wilkerson.
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