Buccaneers agree to terms with QB Fitzpatrick

Ryan Fitzpatrick is returning to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for his 14th NFL season.

According to longtime Buccaneers' beat reporter Rick Stroud, Fitzpatrick agreed to a contract with the Buccaneers for 2018. The deal is expected to be completed before March 12, when Fitzpatrick would have been able to negotiate with other teams as an unrestricted free agent.

During the NFL Scouting Combine, general manager Jason Licht said the Buccaneers wanted to bring Fitzpatrick back and downplayed reports the team was considering Mike Glennon. Glennon was drafted by the Buccaneers but joined the Chicago Bears in 2017.

"We like Ryan a lot," said Licht. "We thought Ryan did a great job, obviously, when he had to play. He did a nice job for us, but just overall in the locker room, in that quarterback room, he and Jameis formed a really good bond. We would love to have Ryan back."

The backup to Jameis Winston started three games and went 2-1 last season. Fitzpatrick was in the lineup after Winston injured his shoulder.

Fitzpatrick, 35, finished with seven touchdowns and three interceptions in 2017.

--Field Level Media

03/08/2018 18:04

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