The New York Jets and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick agreed to a one-year contract as the club opened training camp on Thursday. The deal ends the offseason-long game of chicken between the two sides, giving Fitzpatrick a one-year, fully guaranteed contract worth $12 million. The deal includes $3 million in incentives that could raise the value to $15 million.
The stalemate between the two sides centered around Fitzpatrick’s 2015 campaign and his desire to be paid like a starting quarterback. The Jets appear to be looking at Fitzpatrick as the bridge quarterback to get them to one of their younger quarterbacks in the next couple of years. Previous offers were reportedly set to pay Fitzpatrick $24 million over three years, with $12 million in the first year. Now, Fitzpatrick will get his full $12 million, but can hit the free agent market again next year, where he could again be looking for a large payday if he has a year similar to last season, where he set the Jets franchise record for touchdown passes in a year.
According to another report, the Jets had an $8 million for one-year offer on the table, but increased it to $12 million on Thursday. That increase, however, came with the deadline of 7pm ET Thursday, or the team would “be moving on.”
The Miami Dolphins will face Fitzpatrick and the Jets in Week 9 in Miami and in Week 15 in New Jersey. Miami lost both games to the Jets in 2015 and have lost three-in-a-row including the second meeting in 2014.