Ryan Fitzpatrick inked a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a chance for the 34-year-old quarterback to rekindle his National Football League career.
And so the reported one-year, $3 million deal between the Bucs and the former Jets starter happened without Tampa Bay negotiating with Kaepernick as an alternative to Fitzpatrick, at $3 million or maybe even less. The team made the announcement Friday. Having spent time with the Rams, Bengals, Bills, Titans, Texans and Jets all before coming to Tampa, Fitzpatrick has a great repertoire with different offensive schemes and his professional experience of nearly 13 years can be a valuable asset to the Bucs' quarterback chamber. His career record is 46-69-1 with 25,888 yards passing, 166 TDs and 133 INTs. Griffin will compete with Fitzpatrick for the No. 2 role behind Winston. Tampa will be the 34-year-old nomad's seventh team in 13 seasons. They entered offseason workouts with Ryan Griffin, Sean Renfree and undrafted rookie Sefo Liufau as their backups. The Jets eventually turned to youngster Bryce Petty as their starter. He played one season for the Tennessee Titans and played the 2014 season for the Houston Texans, before joining the Jets in 2015. He technically became a free agent last February 10 when his contract was voided.More news: Merkel: British EU immigration cap would have price
The Bucs have been in need of a backup for Jameis Winston after Mike Glennon left as a free agent, signing with the Chicago Bears earlier this offseason. After two seasons with the Rams, Fitzpatrick joined the Cincinnati Bengals for two years. In 2015, he started all 16 games for the Jets and piled up 3,905 yards and 31 touchdowns against 15 interceptions while leading NY to a 10-6 record. He had a career year in 2015, throwing a personal-best 31 TD passes, and sought a long-term deal after the Jets finished 10-6.