One more quarterback drama has come to a close for the time being. Ian Rapoport and Adam Schefter are reporting that the New York Jets agreed to terms on a one-year deal with free agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick worth $12 million. The deal also includes $3 million in incentives based on team performance. The two sides struggled for the entire offseason, with reports suggesting the Jets were offering less than $10 million a year, and Fitzpatrick wanting more. The start of training camp got things to the finish line.
The Jets were one of several teams mentioned as a potential destination for Colin Kaepernick earlier this offseason. The 49ers tried to work a deal with the Broncos, but money ended up being an issue. Nothing ever came of Jets rumors, and so, both teams return to where they were a year ago.
There was no way the Jets were going to go into the 2016 regular season with Geno Smith, Bryce Petty, and Christian Hackenberg as their QB options. Fitzpatrick put together the best season of his career, and seemed to develop a strong rapport with Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. They both clamored for his return, and eventually things worked out. Fitzpatrick gets a nice pay day, and the Jets don’t have to commit to a long-term deal with a guy who has been a journeyman throughout his career.