Everybody loves Ryan. Just not at his asking price.
According to an ESPN report, the Denver Broncos reached out to free-agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick but believed his asking price was too high. Talks reportedly could resume down the line.
Fitzpatrick’s salary demands have been the biggest obstacle in the Jets’ attempt to re-sign him this offseason. Their contract negotiations with the 33-year-old signal-caller and his agent, Jimmy Sexton, have repeatedly stalled over money.
One interesting aspect of this quarterback conundrum is the fact that Broncos free agent Brock Osweiler signed a whopping four-year, $72-million deal, making him one of the NFL’s highest-paid players. The 25-year-old quarterback, however, has only started seven games.
Fitzpatrick’s camp apparently believes the 11-year veteran should be compensated better than the offer the Jets made — reportedly similar to the three-year, $21-million deal the Eagles gave their current No. 2 quarterback Chase Daniel.
The Jets had reportedly expressed interest in the 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick. They also hosted former Redskin Robert Griffin III on Friday and Saturday, according to multiple sources.
The Broncos, meanwhile, want to add another signal-caller to compete with Mark Sanchez, the former Jets and Eagles quarterback whom they traded for on Friday.