Ryan Fitzpatrick signs with Tampa Bay Buccaneers to back up Jameis Winston
Journeyman quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has played for six teams during his 12 seasons in the NFL. On Friday, he signed with his seventh, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to a report from Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.
The 34-year-old Fitzpatrick will join the Buccaneers as the primary backup to franchise quarterback Jameis Winston. He’ll replace Mike Glennon, who signed with the Chicago Bears for a chance to be the starter earlier this offseason.
Fitzpatrick’s career has had its share of ups and downs, but he’ll provide the Buccaneers with an experienced backup. And that experience should be valuable to Winston, who is entering his third NFL season at just 23 years of age.
Originally a seventh-round pick out of Harvard in the 2005 NFL Draft to the St. Louis Rams, Fitzpatrick has played in 127 games and made 116 starts. He’s completed 59.7 percent of his passes and thrown for 25,888 yards and 166 touchdowns against 133 interceptions.
Unfortunately, Fitzpatrick is coming off one of his worst years as a professional after throwing for just 12 touchdowns against 17 interceptions while making 14 starts for the New York Jets in 2016. However, the year prior he had one of his best years, throwing for 3,905 yards and 31 touchdowns (both were career highs).