Titans sign Ryan Fitzpatrick, according to report

Jared Wickerham

The Titans moved quickly to replace Matt Hasselbeck, signing Ryan Fitzpatrick as a much-needed insurance policy behind Jake Locker.

Ryan Fitzpatrick is headed to the Tennessee Titans on a two-year deal, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Fitzpatrick was released by the Buffalo Bills at the start of NFL free agency last week due to his struggles to play up to the seven-year contract extension he signed in 2011. He'll try to get a fresh start with Tennessee, where he will presumably be the backup behind Jake Locker, though he might start if the third-year quarterback ends up struggling.


The Titans released Matt Hasselbeck on Monday, and they quickly moved to sign another veteran (though not quite so veteran) presence to the depth chart. Hasselbeck started the 2011 season while Locker matured during his rookie season, and he started four games in 2012 after Locker hurt his shoulder. Though he played respectably two seasons ago, it became clear last season that Hasselbeck's effectiveness was declining at 37 years old. In Fitzpatrick, the Titans get a younger and hopefully just as steady arm to act as a much-needed insurance policy.

Fitzpatrick put up respectable numbers in 2012, completing 60 percent of his passes for 3,400 yards, 24 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. His 6.73 yards per attempt ranked just 24th in the NFL among starters, however, highlighting his struggles in the downfield passing game. With the Titans, Fitzpatrick will have some nice big-play weapons at his disposal in Kenny Britt, Nate Washington and Kendall Wright, though that's assuming they stay healthy. The Titans' passing game ranked 22nd in the league in 2012, averaging 208 yards per game, and had a shaky 17-16 TD-INT ratio.

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