QB Ryan Fitzpatrick Traded by Texans to Jets

The Houston Texans traded quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to the New York Jets on Wednesday. (Photo: Troy Taormina, USA TODAY Sports)
The Houston Texans traded quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to the New York Jets on Wednesday.
(Photo: Troy Taormina, USA TODAY Sports)

Less than 24 hours after first-year New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles landed prize shutdown cornerback Darrelle Revis, Bowles got a veteran quarterback in Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The savvy, 32-year-old journeyman arrives as a stabilizing upgrade over inconsistent Geno Smith after Wednesday’s trade from the Houston Texans reunited Fitzpatrick with his former Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey, now the Jets offensive coordinator.

A person familiar with the trade confirmed the deal to USA TODAY Sports but spoke on the condition of anonymity since the clubs had yet to announce the trade that will send an undisclosed late-round pick to the Texans.

Bowles has declined to commit to Smith, who is 11-18 in 29 starts since fired general manager John Idzik chose him in the second round of the 2013 draft out of West Virginia.

Fitzpatrick completed a career-best 63.1% of his passes for 17 touchdowns with eight interceptions in leading the 2014 Texans to a 6-6 record in 2014. First-year head coach Bill O’Brien got him to buy into avoiding risky throws that had long haunted Fitzpatrick during his 11-year career with five different teams.

The 2005 seventh-round pick out of Harvard was benched late last season by O’Brien for Ryan Mallett, but he returned under center only to suffer a season-ending broken leg.

Fitzpatrick’s signing means the Texans are committed to Mallett and possibly former Cleveland Browns starter Brian Hoyer, who was visiting the Texans on Wednesday and is expected to sign a deal.

SOURCE: USA Today –┬áJim Corbett

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