Veteran Fitzpatrick agrees to terms with Bucs

Veteran Fitzpatrick agrees to terms with Bucs

Fitzpatrick 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. In 2016, he completed 56.6 percent of his passes for 2,710 yards, with 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. It was not a surprise when the Buccaneers let quarterback Mike Glennon walk in free agency knowing there was no chance he would start in Winston's place unless the former Heisman Trophy victor went down injured.

He could thrive if he's thrust into the spotlight as a stopgap starter, but expectations should understandably be tempered if the Bucs call on him to take significant snaps should Jameis Winston go down.

Former Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has agreed to terms with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the organization announced Friday. The previous year, Fitzpatrick set a single-season career high with a 95.3 passer rating while starting 12 games for the Houston Texans. His career record is 46-69-1 with 25,888 yards passing, 166 TDs and 133 INTs.

Fitzpatrick has spent 12 seasons in the league and has yet to play in a postseason game. He became a free agent following the season and signed a three-year deal with the Bills, where he took over as the starter for an injured Trent Edwards at midseason.

Fitzpatrick's season was defined by shaky stylings under center, and his six-interception performance in Week 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs represented a low point.

Alabama Crimson Tide tight end O.J. Howard (88) scores a touchdown during the third quarter against the Clemson Tigers in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. However, they've now added experienced insurance in case Winston does have to miss some playing time.

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