Incase you were too busy watching the season premiere of Dancing with the Stars, a bit of NFL news dropped as the Tennessee Titans agreed to terms with free agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Titans made room for Fitzpatrick’s signing by cutting veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck earlier in the day, saving on his $5.5 million base salary for the 2013 season.
Fitzpatrick himself was cut by the Buffalo Bills earlier this offseason after proving to be a bad investment. Fitzpatrick strung together a few good games back in 2011 and was given a massive contract extension by Buddy Nix and the Bills. To put it shortly, the Bills are now looking for a new quarterback and Fitzpatrick is with a new team, so that tells you all you need to know about how well his time in Buffalo went after getting the big contract.
Tennessee reached agreement on a two-year deal with former Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 19, 2013
The Titans had their eye on Fitzpatrick prior to releasing Hasselbeck, so it comes as no surprise that they locked up a deal with him just hours after making the move to dump their old backup quarterback. Jake Locker is the future of the franchise, which means Fitzpatrick is singing this new deal with the understanding that he’ll be the backup and may rarely see action.
But still, it’s a solid signing for the Titans, but it’s not one that is being made to create a competition at quarterback. It will, however, motivate Locker to keep getting better as while Fitzpatrick isn’t a great quarterback, he does posses the potential to start again.