Thursday's Morning Mashup: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick reportedly agrees to 1-year deal to return to Jets

July 28, 2016 - 4:01 am

Welcome to Thursday's Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire. THURSDAY'S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: MLB: Red Sox at Angels, 10:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM) MLB: Rockies at Mets, 1 p.m. (MLB Network) MLB: White Sox at Cubs, 8 p.m. (MLB Network) MLS: All-Stars vs. Arsenal, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN) AROUND THE WEB: -- The Ryan Fitzpatrick drama finally appears to be over, as the Jets reportedly agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth between $12 million and $15 million with the 33-year-old Harvard product as the team prepares for Thursday's first practice of training camp. Jets receiver Brandon Marshall, perhaps Fitzpatrick's most ardent supporter this offseason, tweeted a photo of him smiling along with two teammates at the team's facility. Wrote Marshall: Well deserved and great move by @nyjets Congrats bro.. Now go win some dang games..#newyork #fitzmagic

Fitzpatrick posted career highs in passing yards (3,905) and passing touchdowns (31, a franchise record) last year, his first season in New York. He led the Jets to the brink of the playoffs, but he threw interceptions on the final three drives in a season-ending 22-17 loss to the Bills that left the Jets at 10-6 and without a postseason bid. Fitzpatrick has never appeared in the playoffs in his 11 NFL seasons. Considering the Jets' first option behind Fitzpatrick is the uninspiring Geno Smith, it seemed likely the team would prioritize re-signing him. However, negotiations dragged out, leaving Fitzpatrick frustrated -- but with few other options, as other teams apparently weren't convinced by the veteran's breakout season. A seventh-round draft pick by the Rams in 2005, Fitzpatrick also has played for the Bengals, Bills, Titans and Texans. -- One year after acquiring Nick Foles from the Eagles, the Rams gave the quarterback his release. Foles has not participated in team activities since the Rams drafted Jared Goff with the No. 1 overall pick in April. "We have been in contact with Nick and his representation throughout the offseason, and we feel that this is the best decision for all parties involved," Rams coach Jeff Fisher said in a statement. "We appreciate the contributions that Nick has made to our organization in his time as a Ram and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors." The Rams sent Sam Bradford to the Eagles for Foles, a 2013 Pro Bowler. Foles started 11 games in St. Louis, passing for 2,052 yards and seven touchdowns with 10 interceptions. He eventually lost the starting job to Case Keenum. -- Aroldis Chapman's debut with the Cubs came in Wednesday's 8-1 rout of the White Sox, and it was impressive. The former Yankees reliever pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, showing the power that has made him perhaps the game's most intimidating closer. "I thought we were getting a guy who threw 105. We only got 103," Cubs starter Jason Hammel joked. "That's impressive, jaw-dropping to see." Following his grilling by the Chicago media Tuesday -- and his strange answers to questions about his domestic violence issue and the Cubs' expectations for him -- Chapman was hesitant to speak to reporters after the game, but he eventually relented, with catcher Miguel Montero translating. "The adrenaline was pretty good even though it wasn't a save situation," Chapman said. "It was fun to hear the crowd cheering." ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 28, 1983, the Rangers replaced which former Red Sox manager with which other former Sox skipper? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "We're going to get [Jimmy Garoppolo] ready the best we can. I don't know how else I can put it. We have some clarity with [Tom Brady's] situation, [and] he'll be our starter when he returns." -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick, on the Patriots' quarterback dilemma as training camp opens STAT OF THE DAY: 0 -- Major league teams that have not been swept in a series this season, as the Red Sox were the last holdout before a three-game sweep at the hands of the Tigers that ended with Wednesday's 4-3 loss 'NET RESULTS: After bobbling a ground ball, Pirates first baseman David Freese flips the ball behind his back to pitcher Gerrit Cole, who snares it with his bare hand and touches first base for an out against the Mariners. Rays first baseman Logan Morrison catches a foul ball as he falls into the stands during the Rays' win over the Dodgers. A Pirates fan makes a nice catch of a foul ball before falling backward over his seat. The Tigers play a rough game of rock, paper, scissors, with the loser (Ian Kinsler) being punished with an empty water cooler jug to the head from the winner (Jose Iglesias). TRIVIA ANSWER: Don Zimmer was replaced by Darrell Johnson, the opposite of the situation in Boston in 1976 SOOTHING SOUNDS: Jonathan Edwards was born on this day in 1946.