FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick wasn’t the only person in the New York Jets’ organization who exhaled when his contract dispute was resolved at the start of training camp.
So did the man on the other side of the bargaining table.
“For a night, I felt a big sigh of relief,” general manager Mike Maccagnan said Friday, speaking to reporters for the first time since the draft. “And then it was back to work.”
The two sides broke a six-month stalemate on Wednesday evening, with Fitzpatrick agreeing to a contract that will pay him $12 million this season. Technically, it’s a two-year deal, but it will void after the season, making him a free agent again.
Maccagnan declined to delve into the specifics of the negotiations, and he wouldn’t address Fitzpatrick’s comment about being offended by the team’s initial offer — three years, $24 million.