For a team looking to finally turn the next page and begin a new era, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have done what it takes for a team looking to take the next step.
The veteran will be backing up Bucs starter Jameis Winston, who has started all 32 games since being drafted No. 1 overall in 2015. Starting with the quarterbacks and none other than the savior of this franchise himself. This year, Fitzpatrick quietly will sign with a team for which he has no chance of earning a starting chance.More news: NSA hackers threatens sale of tech secrets
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When Mike Glennon signed with the Bears, the Buccaneers were left with a minor hole at their back-up quarterback spot. After posting a 31:15 touchdown-to-interception ratio in '15, that balance dropped to 12:17 as the passer went just 3-8 in 11 starts last fall. In 2016, things went south. He led the Jets to a 10-win campaign two years ago, then he held out before receiving a one-year, $10 million deal to return to NY.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Fitzpatrick, 34, to be the backup to Jameis Winston, and it's a solid move for the Bucs, who otherwise would have entered training camp without a backup with National Football League experience of note following the free-agent departure of Mike Glennon to the Chicago Bears. Quarterback Sean Renfree was waived to make room on the roster for Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick isn't the best teammate nor does he offer much in the way of leading a team to victory at this point in his career. His experience playing so many games is unmatched for what is available so late in free agency, and that's exactly what the Buccaneers are thinking as they prepare for training camp.