The former Washington Redskins starter-turned-backup visited the Jets over the weekend, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported. The trip included dinner with Jets coach Todd Bowles, sources told Schefter.
The Jets came away impressed with Griffin, sources said. Although they have downplayed the visit as "due diligence" out of respect to their contract talks with Fitzpatrick, the Jets have legitimate interest in Griffin, sources said.
Fitzpatrick and the Jets are far apart in negotiations. The Jets are believed to be offering between $7 million and $8 million per year, roughly half of what Fitzpatrick is seeking.
Fitzpatrick, who arrived last year in a trade with the Houston Texans, led the Jets to a 10-6 record and set the franchise record with 31 touchdown passes. But he's 33, and the team doesn't see him as a long-term solution, which explains the hesitance in contract negotiations.
Griffin, once the face of the Washington franchise, was injured and fell out of favor with two separate coaching staffs. He didn't play last season and was released last week because his $16 million became guaranteed for 2016.