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.
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