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Author: Jon Kuzma
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers needed an insurance policy for Jameis Winston and the Bucs found that in veteran Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick signed with the Buccaneers on a one year $3 million dollar contact and it’s a smart move considering the other quarterbacks on Tampa’s roster had virtually no NFL experience. Fitzpatrick can come in and help Winston with his own develop and should the Buccaneers starting quarterback go down with an injury, Fitzpatrick at least gives this franchise a chance to stay afloat. Tampa Bay lost former back up Mike Glennon to the Chicago Bears this off-season, that led to a vacancy on their roster and we know now that Ryan Fitzpatrick will be that guy. Fitzpatrick struggled last year as the starting quarterback for the New York Jets and eventually lost the job to Bryce Petty. Fitzpatrick ended up finishing the 2016 season with 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions so it was definitely a downhill for the 34 year old QB. In 2015 though Fitzpatrick threw for 31 touchdown passes and just 15 interceptions. So Fitz is really only one year removed from a good season and that was compelling enough evidence for the Buccaneers front office. Tampa Bay revamped their offense this off-season by signing DeSean Jackson and drafting O.J Howard. The Bucs should be in the playoff hunt with those additions and General Manager Jason Licht didn’t want to risk coming up short should Winston get banged up during the season. Signing Ryan Fitzpatrick effectively gives the Buccaneers a plan B and this team is much better because of that acquisition. You can never have enough good quarterbacks on your roster in this league and we’ve all seen how fast a team falls apart when their quarterback goes down. Now the Buccaneers whole season won’t go down the tubes if that does happen.
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