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Ryan Fitzpatrick, Titans agree to terms on 2-year deal

3/19/13 in NFL   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

As it not-so-surprisingly turns out, the Tennessee Titans weren’t only holding the Ryan Fitzpatrick card as leverage in the ultimately failed negotiations with free agent quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. The Tennessee Titans had serious interest in the veteran quarterback and after a lot of behind the curtain talks, signed Ryan Fitzpatrick to a two-year deal, according to a league source who spoke on condition of anonymity since the news hasn’t been broken by the team yet.
 
The eight-year veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick was released by the Buffalo Bills last week after spending four seasons with the team. Ryan Fitzpatrick was inconsistent as a starter over the past three seasons with the Buffalo Bills, and going 20-33 as a starter during his time with the team. That, and Ryan Fitzpatrick’s six-year, $59 million contract extension that he signed in 2011 were considered too expensive by the Buffalo Bills so he was released early this month.
 
Last season, Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 308-of-505 passes for 3,400 yard, along with 24 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Although Ryan Fitzpatrick finished his 55-game stint with the Buffalo Bills while totaling 80 touchdowns, he also threw 64 interceptions (including a career-high 23 interceptions in 2011). He especially took blame for the Buffalo Bills’ dismal past three seasons after struggling to protect the ball.
 
In Tennessee, Ryan Fitzpatrick replaces Matt Hasselbeck, who was released only a few hours earlier on Monday. Ryan Fitzpatrick will play backup behind quarterback Jake Locker, who will start for the second straight season since being picked eight overall in the 2011 draft by the Tennessee Titans.
 
Despite putting up respectable numbers in 2012, Ryan Fitzpatrick had been expecting opportunities along the line of backup duties with other teams on the open market.
 
“I see myself being a very valuable guy in that regard,” Ryan Fitzpatrick said last week. “For me, pride is never going to get in the way. But respect and pride can maybe go hand-in-hand. It's probably more respect than pride.”
 
The 30-year-old Ryan Fitzpatrick reportedly met with Tennessee Titans officials at NFL owners meetings in Phoenix, although the team never confirmed that talks were held with the quarterback or his representation.
 
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