Geno Smith has new competition at quarterback.
The Jets announced Wednesday that they had completed a trade with the Texans for Ryan Fitzpatrick. Although the team did not give the terms of the agreement, the Houston Chronicle reported the Texans will get a seventh-round pick that can become a sixth-rounder depending on Fitzpatrick's playing time.
Fitzpatrick, 32, has struggled at times in a 10-year career with the Rams, Bengals, Bills, Titans and Texans. But he's known for being a student of the game and has proved to be dependable.
Fitzpatrick played well under new Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey during their three seasons together in Buffalo (2010-12). He threw for 10,232 yards, completing 60 percent of his passes with 71 touchdowns and 54 interceptions for Gailey when he was coach of the Bills.
The Jets had expressed interest in Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer, but he agreed to a deal with Houston. The Texans also re-signed quarterback Ryan Mallett to a two-year deal this week. That helped pave the way for the Jets to bring Fitzpatrick -- and his trademark scruffy, red beard -- to the Big Apple.
Last season, he started 12 games for the Texans, throwing for 2,483 yards, 17 TDs and eight interceptions. The Harvard-educated native of Arizona was a seventh-round pick of the Rams in 2005.
Fitzpatrick can serve the Jets in several ways. Either he'll compete with Smith or a quarterback they may draft in April -- possibly Marcus Mariota or Brett Hundley -- or Fitzpatrick will serve as a bridge, starting for the time being while mentoring the young quarterback to take the reins later.
Last offseason, the Jets signed Michael Vick to "push'' Smith, former offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said. But the anticipated open competition never materialized and Smith started. He was benched for Vick from Weeks 9 through 11, but the team went back to Smith.
Vick is an unrestricted free agent who won't return, and Smith is in Year 3, looking for another opportunity to prove he's much improved.