has confirmed earlier reports that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to terms with veteran backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who went 2-1 as a starter last year while replacing injured starter Jameis Winston. The 35-year old Fitzpatrick is expected to sign the deal – likely a one-year contract – on Friday.

Fitzpatrick signed a one-year deal with the Bucs last year that totaled $3.675 million including a $1.75 million base salary, a $1.25 million signing bonus and $675,000 in likely to be earned incentives.

Last year, Fitzpatrick, who will enter his 13th season in the NFL, completed 96-of-163 passes for 1,130 yards (58.9 percent) with seven touchdowns and three interceptions, in addition to running the ball 58 times for 73 yards (5.2 avg.) and picking up five first downs. The Harvard graduate saw action in six games last year and engineered victories over Miami and the New York Jets, his former team.

The Bucs also have Ryan Griffin on the team to compete for the right to back up Winston in 2018. The re-signing of Fitzpatrick likely takes Tampa Bay out of the running to sign Mike Glennon for the backup quarterback job should Chicago release him as expected. Glennon was a third-round draft pick by the Bucs in 2013 and served as the team’s part-time starter as a rookie and in 2014 before becoming Winston’s backup from 2015-16.

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3 years ago

Like it, now let’s address some serious needs next week.

Reply to  FLBoy84
3 years ago

Guessing that’s why we missed out on Quinn and Bennett, Licht was busy working on Fitz’s mega-deal. :)

3 years ago

I knew this was coming but man, I was praying it wouldn’t.

Jameis Winston better wear a suit of four leaf clovers and the incentive for Fitzpatrick is that he doesn’t play a single snap. The Fitzpatrick Curse is real!

3 years ago

Good idea!

Now let’s resign Patrick Murray and draft Eddy Pineiro in a late round. (Perhaps, if we had brought in some competition for Aguayo, he might have reacted differently.)

Go Bucs!!!

Alldaway 2.0
3 years ago

Good backup for the money that he will probably command. Bucs need to save their money and spend it on the trenches and resigning Evans.

3 years ago

Thank God Glennon isn’t coming back.

3 years ago

Ryan won 66.6% of the games he had to start. Just saying maybe he
deserves the right to be a backup.

Reply to  Clark Kessel
3 years ago

Any time your b/u QB wins you games, he’s worth keeping.

Alldaway 2.0
3 years ago

I don’t understand the hate for Fitz. He was a good backup last year and also an aid in coaching up Winston.

3 years ago

So far all I am seeing is same ole same ole?

Alldaway 2.0
Reply to  Horse
3 years ago

Hopefully that changes once free agency opens.

3 years ago

I agree with u surferdudes.
If you belive in stupid and illogical things like hexes, you should probably become a sports writer.
Have you always been a Debbie Downer FlBoy84.
Both of those players have considerable luggage to bring with them where ever they settle.

3 years ago

Wow Litch may be fired before camp starts. Bucs miss on all big name and bring back the QB Killa?

3 years ago

Sound move by the Bucs. Take care of your own before free agency starts then focus on the changes necessary for improvement. Without Fitz last year, the Bucs only win three games…enough said for all the critics. More concern should be placed on Winston…is he really a franchise quarterback?

Pete Wood
3 years ago

Pretty good week for the Bucs. Three solid moves. Signing Fitz who is a good back up with pretty solid stats.
And, most importantly– Not signing Michael Bennett and Aqib Talib. Be afraid of the bad karma from those two. Be very afraid.

Buc 1976
3 years ago

Fitz good move.