Tennessee reached agreement on a two-year deal with former Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 19, 2013
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that former Buffalo Bills quarterback has inked a two-year deal with the Tennessee Titans, who released veteran Matt Hasselbeck earlier in the day.
It’s a good landing spot for the former Buffalo starter. He’ll head to Tennessee in a backup/mentor mode to Jake Locker. The Titans appear to be in “win now” mode after spending significantly in free agency this first week, headlined by former Bills guard Andy Levitre, who signed a six-year deal worth $46.8 million.
The Titans also signed former New York Jets running back Shonn Greene to compliment C.J. Johnson in the backfield.
Surely Fitzpatrick will enter camp behind Locker on the depth chart, but if the third year pro struggles early or succumbs to injury, the door for Fitzpatrick to regain a full-time starting role is back within his grasp.
While things didn’t work out in Buffalo, Fitzpatrick was one of the most popular players on the team and the community. A long as it never comes at the expense of Buffalo… I highly suspect a vast majority of Bills fans will be rooting for him to succeed.
For what it’s worth, Buffalo doesn’t face Tennessee during the regular season.
In semi-related news, ESPN’s Chris Mortenson linked the Bills as one of 10 teams immediately interested in Hasselbeck after his release. However, reports indicate he’s on the verge of signing a two-year deal to back up Andrew Luck in Indianapolis.