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Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buccaneers Agree To One-Year Deal

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Former Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has agreed to a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team announced Friday.

The one-year deal is worth $3 million, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The 34-year-old is expected to replace former Bucs backup quarterback Mike Glennon, who signed a free-agent deal with the Chicago Bears earlier this offseason.

Fitzpatrick spent the last two seasons as the starting quarterback of the New York Jets.  After a successful 2015 season, where he led the Jets to a 10-6 record, Fitzpatrick struggled in 2016, throwing for only 2,710 yards, with 12 TD and 17 interceptions, in 11 starts, and was temporarily replaced by Bryce Petty as Jets’ starting quarterback. 

Despite the struggles last season, Fitzpatrick provides a strong backup option and veteran presence to starter Jameis Winston, who’s coming off a career year in the NFL.

The Buccaneers last season compiled a 9-7 record, finishing 2nd in the NFC South.

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