Ryan Fitzpatrick and the New York Jets have ended their five-month contract standoff. The veteran quarterback is returning to the Jets on a one-year, $12 deal, per league sources.
With the training camp getting underway on Thursday, the Jets were under pressure to make the 11th hour agreement after giving Fitzpatrick an ultimatum, reported ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
According to Schefter, New York increased their $9 million offer to $12 million Wednesday and gave “Fitzpatrick until 7 p.m. ET to take the deal or the team would be ‘moving on.'”
The previous contract offered by Jets was a three-year, $24 million deal, with $16 million as guaranteed salary. That deal sat on the table for a little over three months with neither side willing to negotiate. The contract stalemate was proving to be a distraction for the Jets, who are projected to create some noise with their young roster next season.
Brandon Marshall, the veteran Jets receiver, was the one who confirmed the development with an Instagram post which shows Fitzpatrick in the background with his long time teammates.
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Ryan Fitzpatrick return was imminent
According to USA Today, the Jets front office was always confident about Fitzpatrick’s return despite the number of quarterbacks that were available in free agency when the offseason began.
“Jets brass consistently expressed a desire to keep Fitzpatrick rather than seriously pursue replacements like Brock Osweiler or Sam Bradford during free agency. And Fitzpatrick, who will turn 34 in November, wasn’t considered a strong candidate to start elsewhere in the league despite coming off career year in 2015, his 11th in the NFL,” wrote Nate Davis.
Fitzpatrick turns 34 this year but doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Last season, he threw 31 touchdown passes, setting a new single-season franchise record, besides compiling a career-best 3,905 yards through the air.
However, Fitzpatrick was also blamed for three ill-timed interceptions against the Buffalo Bills in the final game of the regular season, which caused the Jets a wildcard berth in the postseason.
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