The free agent quarterback has told people he would "rather not play football than play for the Jets at their contract offer," ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday.
Despite that Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan has repeatedly said he wants to re-sign Fitzpatrick and that Fitzpatrick has said he would like to return to the Jets, the two sides have been locked in a stalemate in contract talks for several weeks. The Jets have reportedly offered Fitzpatrick a deal for $7 million to $8 million annually while Fitzpatrick is looking for significantly more.
Last season, Fitzparick led the Jets to a 10-6 record, passing for 3,905 and a team-record 31 touchdowns.
If Fitzpatrick, 33, does not return in 2016, the Jets could turn to one of last season's backups, Geno Smith or Bryce Petty; sign a free agent such as Brian Hoyer; trade for a QB such as Cleveland's Josh McCown, Tampa Bay's Mike Glennon or San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick; or select one in the early rounds of the draft.
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