Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign former N.Y. Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick as Jameis Winston's backup

TAMPA, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed former New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on Friday to backup Jameis Winston.

The Bucs waived quarterback Sean Renfree to make room on the 90-man roster for Fitzpatrick.


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Fitzpatrick is a 12-year NFL veteran. He has started 116 games, including 27 over the past years with the New York Jets.

He has 25,888 career passing yards, 166 touchdown passes and a 79.9 passing rating.

Before his two-year stint with the Jets, Fitzpatrick played for the St. Louis Rams (2005-06), Cincinnati Bengals (2008), Buffalo Bills (2009-12), Tennessee Titans (2013) and Houston Texans (2014).

The Rams drafted Fitzpatrick in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft out of Harvard.

The Buccaneers needed to find a quality back-up quarterback for starter Jameis Winston after Mike Glennon signed with the Chicago Bears in free agency. The other quarterback currently on Tampa Bay's roster, Ryan Griffin, has never started a regular season NFL game.

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