Sports

Ryan Fitzpatrick and New York Jets sign a 1-year deal

0d780287b8ba047fae14_5d101bdff6a7cb238734_a96dffbf32512190816a_IMG_2144.JPG
Credits: Victoria L. Dammer
0d780287b8ba047fae14_5d101bdff6a7cb238734_a96dffbf32512190816a_IMG_2144.JPG

Florham Park, NJ - After a long, drawn out contract dispute that started back in March, the New York Jets and Ryan Fitzpatrick have agreed to a one year deal on Wednesday, July 27th. The deal, reportedly $12 million for one year with another $3 million in incentives included in the deal, was first reported by ESPN and NFL Network. The original contract offer was increased last week from $9 million to $12 million, and according to many sources, Ryan Fitzpatrick had until 7 PM. ET to complete the deal or the deal was over "It definitely was a long process" Fitzpatrick said last Thursday. "After coming to the realization that it wasn't going to get done right away and that it was going to take some time, I tried my best to put it out of my mind and tried to live life normally."

The deal cements the sentiment that the New York Jets had put their faith in Ryan Fitzpatrick over Geno Smith in their quest to finally make it in the playoffs this year. Smith was in line to be the default starter while the Fitzpatrick contract negotiation continued to linger unsolved. Smith had a dismal 2015 season, missing most of it after he had the jaw punch incident in the locker room, and he will certainly have his work cut out for him if he gets a chance to play for the Jets or elsewhere.

The New York Jets entered mini-camp back in June with no alternative but to put up a good front that the team was behind Geno Smith. When Todd Bowles was questioned about who would be the #1 starter and who would be #2, he said "With all due respect, I'm through talking about Fitz. I'm going to worry about the guys I have on the team. I think I've expressed and said everything about the quarterback that I'm going to say at this standpoint."

Sign Up for E-News

The team answered any lingering questions fans may have had about who would be the starter by signing the Fitzpatrick deal and immediately reporting that Ryan Fitzpatrick would be the #1 quarterback.

Now that training camp has started, the New York Jets can get down to some serious practice.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Madison

F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of the Madison Area YMCA Students Sing, Dance and Laugh to the Music of Lovey Williams

April 16, 2018

Lovey Williams created joyful noise and music with the students of the F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of the Madison Area YMCA to kick off the Week of the Young Child that runs through Friday April 20. Students engaged in music by singing, dancing and playing instruments to their favorite songs at their annual Lovey Williams Concert. The Week of the Young Child celebrates early learning, ...

Letter to the Editor: Don't Complain. Vote!

April 14, 2018

Don’t Complain; Vote!

It’s no secret that people have strong feelings about what’s happening in our country. It’s also true that much of politics is local. In November, 11th District residents will have the opportunity to choose a new congressional representative who will not only serve as a critical check on the federal level, but also determine how our distract fares ...