The Ryan Fitzpatrick odyssey continues with New York Jets GM Mike Maccagnan calling the free agent QB the team’s “focus,” according to the NY Daily News.
“We like Ryan very much, we feel we have a very good situation for Ryan here,” Maccagnan told reporters just five days before the NFL Draft. “He’s a very good fit for us too, so hopefully at some point in time we can work out an agreement on a contract.”
Of course then Maccagnan added that re-signing Fitzpatrick wasn’t exactly a sure thing either.
“We have to do what’s in our best interest both short and long term and try to do something that will facilitate a deal, but again, it may take some time.”
The Jets GM also mentioned point blank to reporters that he spoke with the Tennessee Titans about trading up for the number one pick in the draft. The Titans, as reported by Titans Online, eventually traded the pick to the Los Angeles Rams for a boat load of draft picks.
“The short answer is yes. The short answer is we inquired.”
Which leads ESPN Jets blogger to wonder exactly what the motivations were if the Jets were indeed focused on getting a deal done with Fitzpatrick.
“It tells us they were smitten with Jared Goff or Carson Wentz — probably Goff. It tells us they were willing to part with considerable assets to make the jump for a future franchise quarterback. It tells us they were prepared to part with Muhammad Wilkerson to make it happen.”