Buccaneers sign veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

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TAMPA – The reason the Buccaneers held on to Mike Glennon for so long was because they were convinced he could step in and start for them if Jameis Winston ever went down.

The Bucs have never expressed that kind of confidence in Ryan Griffin or Sean Renfree and they more or less made those feelings public Friday when they agreed to terms with veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The deal is for one year at $3 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who cited an unnamed source.

This move should come as no surprise. We suggested long ago that the Bucs should sign a veteran quarterback just to ensure they have someone with NFL playing experience working behind Winston.

That Fitzpatrick is their choice doesn’t come as much of a surprise either. A smart pocket passer, Fitzpatrick is the type who can learn the Bucs system quickly and fits their scheme.

There was never much interest in a Colin Kaepernick type, largely because the Bucs don’t want a quarterback who will force them to alter their offense should he have to step in for Winston.

To make room on the roster for Fitzpatrick the Bucs waived Renfree, which means the battle for the backup job will now be between Griffin and Fitzpatrick.

You have to wonder, though, just how much of a battle it will be. Griffin is going to have to prove he’s a better option despite his lack of experience, which may be no easy task.

By the way, this is just another example of how close the Bucs believe they are to breaking what is now a nine-year playoff drought.

The Bucs believe they are a playoff caliber team and they’re doing everything they can to ensure that they have the depth to stay that way through the season.

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