Houston Texans Sign Ryan Fitzpatrick to Fill "Underwhelming Veteran QB" Role
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.
Wikimedia Commons Texans went bargain hunting.
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: