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Ryan Fitzpatrick becomes Jameis Winston's new backup for Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign former New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to backup Jameis Winston Buccaneers sign veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick
Montrelle Montesinos | 19 May, 2017, 20:47

Fitzpatrick signed a one-year, $12 million deal a year ago on the eve of training camp and was a disaster, throwing 10 interceptions in his first four starts (three losses) and eventually lost the job before returning to the starting lineup later in the season.

Fitzpatrick, 34 will backup starter Jameis Winston. Glennon signed with the Chicago Bears in March, presumably to be the team's new starter, but could have a short stint in that role after the arrival of Mitchell Trubisky with the draft's No. 2 overall pick. Fitzpatrick wanted to cash in on his big season, while the Jets wanted to see if it was a flash in the pan year.

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Bucs have added veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The Bucs did not have a proven National Football League quarterback on the roster after Winston with Ryan Griffin (zero National Football League snaps) and Sean Renfree (seven career passing attempts) on the QB depth chart after the former Heisman Trophy victor. The Jets ended the season 5-11.

Before his two-year stint with the Jets, Fitzpatrick played for the St. Louis Rams (2005-06), Cincinnati Bengals (2008), Buffalo Bills (2009-12), Tennessee Titans (2013) and Houston Texans (2014).

Ryan Fitzpatrick is back in the NFL. The former Harvard University graduate started 116 games over the course of 12 seasons, going 46-69-1. The Buccaneers have added multiple offensive playmakers for him in the offseason including WR DeSean Jackson in free agency and TE O.J. Howard in the draft.

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.