Oct 21, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) rolls out against the Tennessee Titans as guard Andy Levitre (67) and center Eric Wood (70) block during the fourth quarter at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Titans beat the Bills 35-34. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Titans Sign QB Ryan Fitzpatrick


The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick just minutes after the news came out that Matt Hasselbeck, who was released this afternoon, had signed with the Indianapolis Colts.

Wow. Both the Titans and Hasselbeck didn’t take long to get over their breakup; I applaud them both. They both ended up in great places. The Titans now have a 2nd string QB who has obviously been a starter for the Bills, where they made the mistake of giving him franchise QB money.

I like Ryan Fitzpatrick. This is another solid move by the Titans front office. They get a much younger QB who, should Locker go down with an injury again, can step in and keep the team afloat, as well as possibly playoff bound.

The one thing I’m dying to know that hasn’t been released yet are Fitzpatrick’s contract numbers. We know he got a two-year deal, but the amount of $$$ is unknown. The Titans tried to restructure QB Matt Hasselbeck’s contract to make it more manageable but the two sides couldn’t come to terms. I would guess the deal is somewhere around $2.5-3 million per year.

On a funny/strange note, Fitzpatrick is the 3rd ex-Bill the Titans have added to the roster this offseason. He joins SS George Wilson and OG Andy Levitre.

I’d say to make him feel at home, but with half of the Bills moving to Tennessee, he should fit right in. In all seriousness though, those are three great players to add to the team.

Fitzpatrick may not be the guy you want as your starter, but he’ll make a heck of a backup for Locker.

 

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  • http://twitter.com/Armchair_Psycho Joshua Huffman

    One thing that worried me with Matt Hasselbeck was that he was bound to fall off at any moment. His arm strength was noticeably regressing from previous seasons. Once Kerry Collins was done, he was done. Definitely thought that could happen to Hass.

    This proves that management doesn’t trust Rusty Smith, which I don’t blame them.

    • http://www.titansized.com/ Justin Stewart

      Agreed. For me, Hass was done anyways. Fitz is good enough for me. Rusty has always been on my bad side.

  • James Hayes

    Welcome to the family fitz

  • josh gunnels

    Hass was a class act and was pivotal in the transition of the team under it’s new management. His leadership and mentoring of Locker were extremely important as well. But that’s all done with now. It’s Locker’s team and everyone is moving forward. They would have liked to have kept Hass had he come down on the numbers to make it work. The Titans did the right thing.

    Kudos to both parties!

  • http://www.facebook.com/shawn.eagle.58 Shawn Eagle

    It’s a good signing, Fitz just left what was probably the most difficult offense to learn in the league and now has a back up role. If Locker goes down then we have someone who is adequate and actually good enough to win some games…not just manage the situation. He will throw some picks though!!!

  • Wside#44Grooms

    I’m really curious about the money details. Hope they created the cap space they were aiming for. Id also really like to know more about the Brad Jones and Bernard Pollard visits, hopefully the Titans grab both of those guys. More competition the better. Has anyone heard anything new at all about Nate Washington? I’m assuming they plan on cutting him, doesnt seem like there is a ton of interest from any other teams

    • http://www.titansized.com/ Justin Stewart

      $3.25M per year for two years. $6.5M total.

  • Modesto Koczwara

    With a good set of WRs’ we will see Fitz bloom into a flower!

    • http://www.titansized.com/ Justin Stewart

      Ha ha ha

  • Bruce

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    He never had a completion percentage over 63% he never did anything in buffalo.basically he sucks there are more proven quarterbacks why waste your money on this girl

    • http://www.titansized.com/ Justin Stewart

      Tom Brady’s career completion percentage is 63.7%, Kerry Collins was 55.7%. Don’t need to be amazing to be the 2nd string QB.

      • Bruce

        Collins and brady won games that’s more than anyone can say fo fitzpatrick he has had way to many chances

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