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Fitz is Back: Jets, Ryan Fitzpatrick Agree on One-year Deal

July 27, 2016 • Ben Heck • AFC, AFC East, Breaking News, Free Agency, Front Page, New York Jets

Good news for Jets fans who were worried about having Geno Smith at the top of the depth chart heading into training camp: The Beard is back. After the two sides struggled to agree on terms, veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick finally signs a one-year, $12 million deal to return to New York for 2016.

And with that, Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker (hell, the entire Jets’ offense) can breathe a sigh of relief.

The 33-year old set career-highs last season, tossing for 3,905 yards and 31 touchdowns, bringing the 10-6 Jets to the brink of a playoff appearance. The 31 touchdown passes broke Vinny Testaverde’s 1998 franchise record for TD passes in a season.

In his 11-year pro career, Fitz had only turned in two full, 16-game seasons under center (2011 and ’12 in Buffalo), and never once posted a winning record as starter. His career record, in fact, currently sits at 43-61-1, and he’s played for six teams during his journeyman career.

But given New York’s recent track record with quarterbacks––let’s be honest, they’re iconic for having QB issues––this was a no-brainer for the Jets. They had to work something out, despite Fitzy’s ridiculous contract requests for a lucrative, long-term deal.

Fitz is back, and the New York Jets hope he’ll be in 2015 form.

Photo: Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

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