For those who thought Ryan Fitzpatrick’s poor season last year with the Jets had played him out of the NFL, they were wrong.
According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the 34 year old journeyman has signed a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Bucs have agreed to terms with veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) May 19, 2017
After the Bucs lost previous backup QB Mike Glennon to the Bears in free agency this spring, the signing of Fitzpatrick makes sense. He will be the backup to starter Jameis Winston and brings a veteran presence to the locker room. Fitzpatrick goes into this job knowing he is the backup and will not be competing for the starting position with Winston being the Bucs’ franchise QB.
Fitzpatrick’s deal is for one year at $3MM per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Buccaneers are giving former Jets' QB Ryan Fitzpatrick a one-year, $3 million deal, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 19, 2017
Fitzpatrick is the second prominent veteran Jet to join the Bucs this off-season as K Nick Folk signed with them earlier this spring after being released by NY.
Tampa Bay is the seventh team that Fitzpatrick has played for during his career.
Oh, by the way, the Jets play the Bucs in Tampa on November 12th. Barring an injury to Winston, the most the team will see Fitz is during warmups and post game handshakes.
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