The New York Jets have finally come to terms with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick as he’s now heading back to the franchise after months of ongoing negotiations.
As per the SI Wire on Sports Illustrated, the New York Jets have come to terms with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on a one-year deal for $12M fully guaranteed. It’s a deal that could be worth close to $15M as it has about another $3M in incentives should Fitzpatrick hit certain goals throughout the upcoming season.
Last year, the Jets ended the season at 10-6 and were just a game away from making an appearance in the NFL Playoffs. Unfortunately, they lost their season finale with everything on the line but the team proved they were built to be contenders again.
With a stout defense and an improved rushing attack, the Jets were already a team on the rise. Now, with their quarterback situation finally resolved, the Jets can now focus on the upcoming season with their biggest distraction this offseason finally settled.
After months of contract negotiations, it seemed that both sides were far apart in coming to terms on a new contract. Fitzpatrick was firm in wanting more money due to everything he brought to the table but the Jets didn’t want to invest so much into a journeyman quarterback.
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The deal at hand that both sides agreed upon seems fair in the grand scheme of things.
Fitzpatrick gets a huge amount of money fully guaranteed while the Jets get their record-setting quarterback back in the mix.
Both sides essentially get what they want and now, everyone can move on to what will be a very interesting season for the Jets.
Now everyone can focus on preparing for what awaits and with certainty that the quarterback situation of the Jets is in the hands of Fitzpatrick, now it’s time to focus on finalizing the best roster possible for 2016.
Overall, it’s a deal that literally came out of nowhere that has relieved many within the organization. Whether you’re for or against the move, it bodes well in the grand scheme of things for the Jets to have certainty at the most important position on the team. The Jets went all in to secure Fitzpatrick for 2016, raising their initial offer to make sure they put themselves in the best position to continue their momentum.