New York Jets owner Woody Johnson has publicly commented for the first time on the contract stalemate between the Jets and free agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Johnson was clear with his stance on Fitzpatrick and the Jets.
“Come back to the Jets,” Johnson said at the NFL owners meetings.”I like him a lot as a person,” Johnson continued. “He’s very engaging. He’s great with kids, great with our fans, great with our players. They really respect him. He’s two guys. He’s the Harvard guy and then he’s the normal guy. They all make fun of him for being a Harvard guy, but he’s a normal guy, too.”
Johnson understands why the negations have been going at such a slow pace. Johnson realizes free agency is a long process and does not have a sense of urgency on a specific date he would want Fitzpatrick signed by.
Johnson would not comment on the team’s backup plan if it is indeed not able to resign Fitzpatrick. Johnson had strong words on how the team can succeed without an elite quarterback.
Johnson commented on the Broncos and how they were able to win with a clearly declining Peyton Manning. “How did they win last year? A good D, baby,” Johnson said. “How ’bout that Von Miller? How’d you like a guy like that? There’s only one Von Miller.”
The Jets and Fitzpatrick will eventually have to come to a common medium. Until Fitzpatrick or the Jets changes its contract stance, the two sides will continue to stand at this stalemate.