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The signing of Ryan Fitzpatrick definitely was an unexpected move by the Titans in free agency, but it was necessary after the departure of Matt Hasselbeck.
Fitzpatrick will start off as the team's backup quarterback, and Jake Locker will get at least an early opportunity to prove that he's this team's long-term answer at quarterback.
However, Locker will not have a firm grasp on the starting role. Fitzpatrick has proven he can play in the NFL, as he's eclipsed 20-plus touchdowns for each of the last three seasons.
With those lofty numbers come plenty of interceptions, and this team can't afford a bunch of turnovers next season.
It's Locker's job for now, but his leash isn't extremely long either.
Rusty Smith will remain the third option at quarterback, which is pretty much where he belongs with what he's shown in his limited action.