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

Posted at 10:43 AM, May 19, 2017

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.