What the Ryan Fitzpatrick signing says about the Bucs’ expectations


TAMPA — It’s a bad idea. What are the Bucs thinking? This is simply not the right guy to be the No. 2 quarterback to sit behind franchise savior Jameis Winston. Not with that beard. Not in this heat.

Aside from that, Ryan Fitzpatrick would seem to be a perfect fit for the Bucs.

He’s 34. He’s played and started for six NFL teams. Only two seasons ago, Fitzpatrick passed for 3,905 yards and 31 touchdowns while leading the New York Jets to a 10-6 record.

So after checking with the NFL to see if you can have two guys from Harvard on the same roster, the Bucs signed Fitzpatrick to a one-year, $3-million contract Friday.

If you don’t like the idea, the line forms behind Ryan Griffin.

He and Sean Renfree stood the best chance of actually backing up Winston this season before Friday’s news.

There are a couple things to remember about Griffin, who one day may become a fine quarterback. Griffin, 27, spent the past two seasons as the Bucs’ No. 3 QB. He still has never thrown a regular-season pass. Renfree, who the Bucs released Friday to make room for Fitzpatrick, threw seven regular-season passes in two years in Atlanta.

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There is a reason why the Bucs were willing to offer Mike Glennon $8-million per year to remain as the clipboard carrier in Tampa Bay. (The Bears gave him a 3-year, $45-million contract to do the same for rookie Mitch Trubisky).

The Bucs brass have paid lots of lip service to the idea of going with either Griffin or Renfree as Winston’s backup in 2017.

“In both of those guys’ case, they haven’t had their chance, they haven’t had their opportunity yet to prove when the money is on the line if they can do it,” Koetter …read more

Source:: TampaBay.com: Florida’s Largest Newspaper

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