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Buccaneers sign veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

Larry Brown Sports logo Larry Brown Sports 5/19/2017 Steve DelVecchio

Ryan Fitzpatrick had an abysmal year with the New York Jets in 2016, but that does not mean the veteran quarterback is ready to call it a career.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Friday that they have signed Fitzpatrick to a contract.

After throwing for nearly 4,000 yards and 31 touchdowns in a career year back in 2015, Fitzpatrick was awful in 14 games with the Jets last season. He threw just 12 touchdown passes compared to 17 interceptions and finished with a passer rating of 69.6.

That said, a veteran backup role behind Jameis Winston should suit Fitzpatrick nicely. The 34-year-old has plenty of experience, which is likely what the Bucs were seeking.

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