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Buccaneers sign Ryan Fitzpatrick as Jameis Winston’s backup

In this Nov. 27, 2016 file photo, New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws against the New England Patriots during the first quarter of an NFL football game in East Rutherford, N.J. Fitzpatrick agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday, May 19, 2017. (Bill Kostroun / Associated Press)
In this Nov. 27, 2016 file photo, New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws against the New England Patriots during the first quarter of an NFL football game in East Rutherford, N.J. Fitzpatrick agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday, May 19, 2017. (Bill Kostroun / Associated Press)
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TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who will serve as a veteran backup to Jameis Winston.

Fitzpatrick spent the last two seasons with the New York Jets, who allowed the quarterback’s contract to expire in February, making him a free agent.

The Buccaneers announced the move Friday, and waived quarterback Sean Renfree to make room for Fitzpatrick.

The 34-year-old Fitzpatrick set a Jets franchise record in 2015 with 31 touchdown passes and was re-signed by New York to a one-year, $12 million deal. But he slumped badly as the Jets got off to a 1-5 start. He was benched twice and finished with just 12 TD passes and 17 interceptions.

Because his $10 million bonus was actually prorated over two years to help with the salary cap last year, Fitzpatrick will cost the Jets $5 million in “dead money” on the cap this year.

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