Owner's message to QB Fitzpatrick: 'Come back to the Jets'

Updated Mar. 4, 2020 5:09 p.m. ET

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) New York Jets owner Woody Johnson has a message for his free agent quarterback: ''Come back to the Jets.''

Johnson spoke Monday at the NFL owners' meetings when asked about the team's negotiations with Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick comes off the best season of his 11-year career, one in which he led the Jets to a 10-6 record even though he was brought in last offseason to back up Geno Smith. Fitzpatrick got the starting job in training camp when Smith's jaw was broken by a teammate's punch, and he performed so well that he nearly got New York back into the playoffs.

The Jets haven't found the number of dollar signs to satisfy the 33-year-old Fitzpatrick. And while there's no longer a big market for him after all the QB movement this month, he is a veteran passer coming off a strong performance.


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