Houston Texans Sign Ryan Fitzpatrick to Fill "Underwhelming Veteran QB" Role

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Texans went bargain hunting.
As NFL teams that matter continue to sign marquee free agents to cap swallowing contracts (Antonio Cromartie and Devin Hester on Thursday), the Texans continue to rummage through the free agency bargain bin.

On Thursday, they finally found a purchase to their liking in the bin marked "CRAPPY VETERAN QUARTERBACKS."

Earlier this off season, there had been rumors of interest in Matt Cassel. A week or so ago, Josh McCown had plans all set up to visit Houston before Tampa Bay tied him down and made him sign signed him to a deal. So on Thursday, the Texans finally pulled the trigger and found their veteran "stopgap" quarterback.

Welcome to Houston, Ryan Fitzpatrick!

We are a city that I would imagine holds a special place in Fitzpatrick's heart, for it was here that he made his debut during his rookie season in 2005, coming off the bench to rally the St. Louis Rams from a 24-3 deficit to a 33-27 win in overtime against a Texans team that would eventually finish 2-14.

This time, instead of helping the Texans finish 2-14, he is tasked with being part of the solution that helps them dig out from 2-14.

The Texans are Fitzpatrick's fifth NFL team, having started his career in St. Louis and then Cincinnati before experiencing his greatest success in 2011, when he led the Bills to a 5-2 start, throwing 14 touchdowns and 6 interceptions in the process.

The Bills promptly handed Fitzpatrick a six year, $60-million contract with $24 million guaranteed money, and he promptly finished the season 1-8 in his final nine games, leading the league in interceptions that season with 23 total. He played one more season in Buffalo before spending 2013 with the Tennessee Titans, starting nine games in the place of the injured Jake Locker.

According to John McClain, Fitzpatrick's deal is worth $7.5 million over two years with $4 million guaranteed.

So the questions most Texans fans have:

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So is Fitzpatrick any better than journeymen QBs like Steve Deberg and Dave Krieg?  Of course the logic of getting Fitzpatrick is having seen Yates do the deer in the headlights thing nonstop in games, and Keenum doing the freakout and running away from the line of scrimmage is that Fitzpatrick should be able to execute plays without either QBs' issues.  And a rebuilding team is awfully tough on rookie QBs who aren't named Dan Marino, Ben Rothlesburger or Andrew Luck.  But the clock will be ticking for O'Brien to show progress, so this will be interesting.

Jim Rassinier
Jim Rassinier

Analogy... Damn it. My own fault for being at 8th wonder's beer party! I meant bracketology, obviously...

Jim Rassinier
Jim Rassinier

Take a breath. It was a very interesting week as far as Texan QBs go. Enjoy the weekend. I want a full analogy on Monday. (Only because you've proven to be pretty decent at it.)

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