Ryan Fitzpatrick, a journeyman quarterback who has spent his nine-year career with four different teams, has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Houston Texans.
Ed Werder of ESPN was first to report the deal between the two sides on Thursday:
Source says @HoustonTexans signing QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to a 2-year contract following visit today. Matt Schaub could be more expendable— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) March 20, 2014
The Texans later confirmed the deal:
The Texans signed QB Ryan Fitzpatrick today.— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) March 21, 2014
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle provides the financial details and comments from Fitzpatrick:
Fitzpatrick gets 2 years, 7.5 mil, 4 mil guaranteed.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) March 20, 2014
Ryan Fitzpatrick "I met with coach O'Brien, and I like what he's going to do with the offense and the direction (Texans) are going."— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) March 21, 2014
Fitpatrick "I hoped 2 finish my contract with Titans. You never want 2 get kicked 2 the curb, so to speak, but this is a great opportunity."— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) March 21, 2014
Fitzpatrick on his role "We'll see how that plays over the offseason Coach O'Brien and I have similar views and beliefs about (offense)."— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) March 21, 2014
Prior to Werder breaking the news, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com acknowledged that his sources told him Fitzpatrick would sign with the Texans:
Ryan Fitzpatrick is signing with the #Texans, source said.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 20, 2014
The backup quarterback has been thrust into the spotlight as a starter multiple times throughout his career dating back to 2008 during his time with the Cincinnati Bengals. With 77 starts in place of the respective starting signal-caller, Fitzpatrick has been a great safety blanket during his tenure in the NFL and has established himself as one of the better No. 2 options around the league.
Last season with the Tennessee Titans, Fitzpatrick started in nine games, finishing with a completion percentage of 62 to go along with 2,454 passing yards, 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. The 31-year-old also compiled 225 rushing yards for three touchdowns.
As Werder mentioned in his previous tweet, the deal for the Texans could mean that former starting quarterback Matt Schaub is now expendable. Rapoport previously mentioned that the Texans are shopping the signal-caller:
Meanwhile, Garret Heinrich of CBS Houston is reporting that the Texans and Raiders are discussing a deal for Schaub:
The Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders have been in serious talks about a trade involving Matt Schaub heading to Oakland, a source has told SportsRadio 610.
SportsRadio 610 learned that the Texans are trying to make the deal and eventually want a quarterback that can step in an play right away in 2014, whether that is in the draft or in a trade.
Will the Texans take a QB No. 1 overall?
With Fitzpatrick on the depth chart, the Texans now have a dependable quarterback who can get the job done if called upon. He's not going to set the world on fire with his accuracy or skills in the pocket, but he might still have some of the "Fitz-magic" that he showed with the Buffalo Bills.
Houston holds the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft and could very well select a quarterback with that pick. Names like Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater top the class, and the Texans could look to make any of them their franchise quarterback.
However, the team now has options if it wants to start Fitzpatrick in 2014 and groom a young player behind him. This would allow Houston to target someone like Jadeveon Clowney if it chooses.
Thanks to the experience that Fitzpatrick brings, the Texans have options to work with during the 2014 season.
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