The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to terms with free-agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, according to a Friday morning report from Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that Fitzpatrick’s newly inked pact with the Buccaneers is a one-year deal worth $3 million.
Although the Buccaneers were set to head into training camp without a proven veteran behind their starter in Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay obviously felt the need to add some depth outside of backup Ryan Griffin. Griffin, who was initially slated to serve as Winston’s primary backup, has never taken a snap in a regulation NFL game.
It is also worth noting that Fitzpatrick’s eventual arrival in Tampa Bay stemmed from the Buccaneers’ decision to part ways with current Chicago Bears quarterback Mike Glennon.
The 34-year-old Fitzpatrick most recently spent the last two seasons as a member of the New York Jets. Prior to arriving in the “Big Apple” ahead of the 2015-2016 campaign, the veteran signal caller suited up for the St. Louis Rams, Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans.
Over the course of 14 regular-season games last season, Fitzpatrick threw for 2,710 yards and 12 touchdowns against 17 interceptions. However, as a result of his first season with the Jets in 2015-2016, he threw for 3,905 yards and 31 touchdowns against 15 interceptions.
Originally selected by the Rams in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft out of Harvard, Fitzpatrick currently owns a career completion percentage of 59.7 alongside 25,888 passing yards and 166 touchdowns against 133 interceptions.