Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Fitz Fits Jets Well

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Fitz Fits Jets Well

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FLORHAM PARK - Mike Maccagnan's goal hasn't changed.

The Jets general manager still wants to re-sign Ryan Fitzpatrick. He feels the Jets offer the quarterback a good situation. And he believes Fitzpatrick remains a good fit for the team.

But the two sides remain apart in contract negotiations.

"We have to do what's in our best interest, both short and long term, and try to do something that will hopefully facilitate a deal," Maccagnan said at the Jets' facility Friday. "But again, it may take some time."

How much time remains to be seen.

Maccagnan said the Jets' situation with Fitzpatrick doesn't necessarily impact the team's plans going into next week's NFL Draft. And he doesn't have a deadline by which he'd like to come to an agreement with Fitzpatrick, who threw 31 touchdown passes last season.

"Our focus is Ryan," Maccagnan said. "But again, he's a free agent. So you never know what happens in free agency."

The Jets and Fitzpatrick have reportedly been far apart in negotiations. While Maccagnan's ultimate goal is to bring back Fitzpatrick, the general manager has explored alternatives.

The Jets brought in Brian Hoyer for a visit earlier this week, but Hoyer left without a contract.

"We like him as a prospect," Maccagnan said. "We always anticipated this would be more of a fluid free agency, but we're just doing our due diligence at the end of the day. We'll see how it unfolds."

Maccagnan also said he doesn't feel pressured to re-sign Fitzpatrick by the start of organized team activities.

"I know Ryan missed a lot of OTAs last year," Maccagnan said. "And Ryan's very familiar with our offense."

Fitzpatrick's status and the draft aren't necessarily related, either. Maccagnan said he views the draft "almost in a vacuum." But the GM also said he would consider drafting a quarterback in any round. …

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