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Buccaneers agree to deal with free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

10:11 AM ET
  • ESPN.com news services 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have reached an agreement with veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, the team announced Friday.

Fitzpatrick, 34, is coming off a two-year run with the New York Jets that was marked by one terrific season, a long contract dispute and one disappointing season. Technically, he became a free agent on Feb. 10, when his contract automatically voided.

The contract, signed on the eve of last training camp, paid him $12 million for one season.

Fitzpatrick received a raise after a career season in 2015. After replacing the injured Geno Smith in the preseason -- Smith's jaw was broken by a teammate in a locker-room altercation -- Fitzpatrick led the Jets to 10 wins and set the franchise record with 31 touchdown passes.

It was a contract year for Fitzpatrick and, although there was mutual interest in another deal, it took a six-month stalemate before the two sides reached an agreement. The Jets were reluctant to commit long term because they felt his 2015 performance may have been an aberration.

In 2016, Fitzpatrick was benched twice, threw 17 interceptions and only 12 touchdowns and compiled a league-low passer rating (69.6) as the Jets stumbled to 5-11. The lowpoint was a Week 3 loss in Kansas City, where he threw six interceptions.

At the end of the season, Fitzpatrick acknowledged his starting days in the NFL probably are over, but he expressed a strong interest in resuming his career.

Fitzpatrick, who entered the league as a seventh-round pick of the Rams in 2005, is 46-69-1 as a starter while playing for six different teams. He has 166 touchdown passes, 133 interceptions and has thrown for 25,888 yards, 14th on the active list.

ESPN's Rich Cimini contributed to this report.

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One season too late. His poor performance cost the Jets a great deal. His pea shooter arm is better suited for another team. Good riddance

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Gets paid $12 mil to sink our season now gets whatever like $1-2 mil to hold a clipboard 

 

Life is fair

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Maybe he won't make it out training camp

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14 minutes ago, Maxman said:

Fitz is better than Mike Glennon.

Youre nuts. With mitchell doing well, glennon might be ours next year

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Does that do anything positive for our salary cap?

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10 minutes ago, Sarge4Tide said:

Does that do anything positive for our salary cap?

Doesn't affect us at all. We paid him $12m last year, so $12m has to off our cap.

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17 minutes ago, HighPitch said:

Youre nuts. With mitchell doing well, glennon might be ours next year

If Glennon is so good, why did the Bears trade up for Trubisky?

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20 minutes ago, Sarge4Tide said:

Does that do anything positive for our salary cap?

No, unfortunately not.

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34 minutes ago, KRL said:

Worst move Maccagnan/Bowles made was allowing Fitzpatrick to hijack the whole off-season.  They 

should've set a hard date for him to sign and if he refused move on to Geno

Ruined our Super Bowl chances 

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51 minutes ago, Maxman said:

Fitz is better than Mike Glennon.

I laughed at this! lol. 

 

Nice one. 

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1 hour ago, Maxman said:

Fitz is better than Mike Glennon.

and Glennon replaced McCown

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6 minutes ago, jetrider said:

and Glennon replaced McCown

So when Hack beats out McCown I think that means that Hack is better than both Josh Freeman and Jameis Winston.

Don't quote me though, the Kevin Bacon game was never a strength for me.

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52 minutes ago, KRL said:

Worst move Maccagnan/Bowles made was allowing Fitzpatrick to hijack the whole off-season.  They 

should've set a hard date for him to sign and if he refused move on to Geno

This was said 1000 times one year ago but a 10 win season was all they heard

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1 hour ago, Maxman said:

Fitz is better than Mike Glennon.

true  :(.. i marked Nov. 12  :rolleyes:

 

 

 

 

cheers ~ ~ 

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3 minutes ago, Maxman said:

So when Hack beats out McCown I think that means that Hack is better than both Josh Freeman and Jameis Winston.

Don't quote me though, the Kevin Bacon game was never a strength for me.

Freeman yes, Winston no. I hope either Petty or Hack is ready to roll

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