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Fitzpatrick returns to Jets on one-year deal

Ryan Fitzpatrick set a Jets franchise passing touchdown record and had the second-most single-season yards.

Ryan Fitzpatrick set a Jets franchise passing touchdown record and had the second-best single-season yardage mark last year.

On the eve of their first training camp practice the New York Jets and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick ended a five-month contract dispute and have reportedly agreed to a one-year, $12 million deal.

Though the Jets drafted Bryce Petty last year and Christian Hackenberg this year, and still have former second round draft pick Geno Smith, they absolutely needed Fitzpatrick back. Last year the Jets far exceeded expectations with a 10-6 season after going a miserable 4-12 the year before. He was the reason.

We’ve seen the Jets waste talented wide receivers before, but with Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker running up and down the field on the outside, Fitzpatrick was masterful getting them the ball and opening up lanes for Chris Ivory running the ball. Fitzpatrick passed for a career-high 3,905 yards and 31 touchdowns. His passing touchdowns were the most in franchise history for a single season and his yardage mark was second only to Joe Namath’s 4,007 yards from way back in 1967.

With Fitzpatrick, the Jets have hope to possibly win the AFC East, especially with Tom Brady having to serve a four-game suspension leaving the division wide open. Without him, it was unclear who would be the quarterback would be and likely they finish last in the division.

Most reports say that the Jets were looking to give Fitzpatrick a one-year, $8 million deal this offseason with reports of a three-year, $24 million deal also floating around, but after seeing an unproven quarterback like Rock Osweiler get $18 million per year and $37 million guaranteed on a four-year deal with the Houston Texans, and Chase Daniel get 3-years, $21 million with $12 million guaranteed to be the No. 3 quarterback for the Eagles, Fitzpatrick was not going to sign for relative chump change.

He wanted more money in this era where quarterbacks are getting ridiculous money and the Jets had no place else to turn except to potentially a dumpster-fire season with an unproven quarterback, or proven bad quarterback, which would waste everything they’ve built up the past few seasons and all the talent they’ve recently acquired.

It was a deal that had to be made and now that it is, the Jets have a strong chance of finally breaking out of infamy.

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