The Fitz Way

March 1st, 2018

In charge

Beard or no beard, that Ryan Fitzpatrick smile must be visibly huge today.

You don’t need a Harvard education to know the 35-year-old backup quarterback has Bucs officials backed into a corner.

It’s completely obvious now after general manager Jason Licht shared yesterday how he wants free agent Fitzpatrick on the roster this season.

Licht talked about how Fitzpatrick, who was 2-1 in three starts and the engineer of a wild but failed comeback in Arizona, bonded with America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston. And Licht was very clear in his desire for a Fitz return.

The Bucs have to be desperate for a more-than-competent backup QB to stabilize this season in case Jameis is suspended after the NFL investigates his alleged crotch-grabbing of a female Uber driver. The Bucs also need a backup because they don’t have one outside of 28-year-old, undrafted Ryan Griffin, who has yet to take an NFL snap in the regular season.

Dirk Koetter and Jason Licht are smart enough to know there will be riots from downtown Lakeland to Hooters on the Port Richey waterfront if, say, the Bucs open this season 1-3. Fans won’t care who is under center and why.

Fitzpatrick earned less than $4 million last season, inexpensive by NFL veteran backup standards. Now he’s in the driver’s seat, and he’s a guy who isn’t afraid to demand what he’s worth.

Remember, Fitzpatrick demanded a $12 million, one-year deal from the Jets two years ago and stood his ground as a free agent. Not only did Fitzpatrick not sign with another club, he took it all the way to training camp and the Jets caved in and met his price.

Joe suspects Fitzpatrick is prepared to play a little hardball again, though not as much as he did in New York.

37 Responses to “The Fitz Way”

  1. stu Says:

    Matt Moore

  2. Mike Johnson Says:

    No Brainer. Keep Fitz. I personally like Glennon. He’s a nice guy. And our Bucs already have to many..nice guys.

  3. RawBucFan Says:

    Sign both Fitzpatrick & Glennon as backups. Griffin stinks.

  4. Pickgrin Says:

    No brainer to bring Fitz back if he wants to be here and isn’t demanding too much $. He DID earn a raise. How much has yet to be determined.

  5. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Fitz should resign here. He will most likely be playing 6 games.

  6. Joe Blahak Says:

    #7 pick….abandon Fumbleitis

  7. Buccaneer scotty Says:

    There are so many free agent Qbs nobody is hardball !!!!! So glad ur not the GM we would have the Senior Team lol

  8. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Sign Fitz. Dump Griffin. Do NOT bring back Glennon.

    Draft a guy in the 7th round with our compensatory pick, and put him on the practice squad. That way we don’t waste a roster spot on a third stringer, and we might strike gold if lucky. If not, well…the pick can’t be much worse than Glennon or Griffin.

    OR…don’t sign Fitz and bring in Teddy Bridgewater as backup…since there is a slim chance he could play well during Winston’s possible suspension and become trade bait.

  9. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I think Bridgewater would do fairly well here. As a backup.

  10. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    If the Bucs do not re-sign Fitz, he will likely retire. So he’ll be available if we need him later.

  11. zzbucs Says:

    agree with you Bonzai……….Specially if JW could face suspension….You play a guy that in case he plays good football yo have trade value…And if he plays really good football, you can even trade Jameis…….Fitz is getting old, and not so sure Glennon is the guy.

  12. BetterBuccinBelieveIt Says:

    Hey Joe…

    Unless I missed it somewhere on JBF, let’s get a running Free Agent Tracker going here so that the loyal Bucs faithful here can constantly see who’s added to it (cut) by position, yada yada.

    I think all here can agree that would be helpful and make for great conversation/content.

    Go Bucs!!

  13. BetterBuccinBelieveIt Says:

    Kinda like this….dig Evan Silva.

    Go Bucs!

  14. JonBuc Says:

    Just say no…to the Giraffe. Fitzie played well in 2017…and watching Glennon play is comparable to watching Bill Cartwright shoot a free throw or Charles Barkley swing a golf club.

  15. Jolly Bucs Fan Says:

    Someones gonna sign bridgewater with a chance to fight for a starting job, remember he was a promising, up and coming QB until his injury.

    Hes not coming to tampa to be a backup.

  16. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We need a longer term contract with a younger backup…..and if Ryan Griffin isn’t good enough after wasting a roster spot on him for a couple of years….then why keep him.
    Glennon would be fine….he’s a class act and is capable as a backup.

    As far as the potential for a Winston suspension…….I believe it is absurd that is still in play….there is no way an “investigation” into the incident should take this long……if the NFL is dragging it’s feet, that’s unacceptable….especially with a starting QB……we should know the outcome before FA and the Draft or the Bucs are being severely penalized for (as Joe says) “for no good reason”.

  17. 813bucboi Says:

    Buccaneer Bonzai Says:
    March 1st, 2018 at 10:34 am
    I think Bridgewater would do fairly well here. As a backup.

    I AGREE!!!!!!

    #NOEXCUSESIN2018!!!!!…..GO BUCS!!!!

  18. Onetrickpony Says:

    I would like to see a deal worked out with Fitz,he earned it. But if one cant be reached Id second the Matt Moore thing,especially not knowing the uber incident outcome

  19. Phil Says:

    Could care less if he signs or not.

  20. D-Rome Says:

    Could care less if he signs or not.

    So it’s possible for you to care less than you already do? Gotcha.

  21. Mr. Ed Says:

    The Bucs don’t care if the fans think they should do this, or that. They will do what they think is right, and that has generally proven to be wrong since the firing of Gruden — the granddaddy of all wrongs.

  22. rrsrq Says:

    Fitz cost us 2/3 draft slots lower, lol. He may have cost us Chubb with those wins

  23. Defense Rules Says:

    @rrsrq … “He (Fitz) may have cost us Chubb with those wins.” How dare he win! Totally screwed up our 2018 draft. Obviously we shouldn’t re-sign Fitz OR Glennon … much better to go after someone like Terry Bradshaw. Hey, Terry might be getting on in years & he might be a pound or two overweight, but he’d be a great mentor for Jameis. Plus if he had to go in, we’d be guaranteed the #1 pick in the next draft. Win-Win.

  24. Conte Piscatelli Says:

    I think Tampa would be an ideal place for Bridgewater to sign a one year deal. Specifically if Jameis is looking at a suspension. Right now Teddy is to big of a question mark to get a decent offer or a starting job, but start 4 games with an offense capable of putting up big numbers and his value is through the roof next off-season. Think Josh Mcclown in Chicago.

  25. 813bucboi Says:

    yeah if teddy knows he’ll get 6games to prove he’s healthy and can still lead a team then he’ll come to tampa and sign a big deal next year with a team that needs a qb……

    #NOEXCUSESIN2018!!!!!…..GO BUCS!!!!!

  26. TOM PFALZ Says:

    I would not pay Fitz 0r Glennon more than 5mil. Have not seen enough of Griffen to form an opinion one way or the other.

  27. pick6 Says:

    the market will be pretty saturated with guys with starting experience who are better fits as backups. Fitzpatrick is a guy they know and trust, and that does have value, but that doesn’t make him irreplaceable. And even if guys like Teddy Bridgewater and Brian Hoyer and Mike Glennon get quasi-starting opportunities, they will push similarly marginal players off of those rosters.

  28. Dave Says:

    Bridgewater would be an absolute steal if we could manage to land him. What a fantastic position to be in. Two studs under center so if one is down, you know the next guy up is ready to get to work.

  29. JimmyJack Says:

    Give him what he want but only if he lets you write a clause to shave his dumb beard off.

  30. Says:

    fitz is one of the 15 best QBs on the planet. You heard it here first… Fitz starts more games at QB than JW in 2018, injuries dont count.

  31. Bobby B Says:

    Case Keenum – since we obviously can’t beat him

  32. El_Buc941 Says:

    We could make the Arizona game a winning case.for a back up QB to bring the team back that close to winning and go 2-1 he deserves every penny he asks why else would we want another backup (Not Glennon) to relearn the offense and (Not Glennon) playbook all over again.hes shown he’s capable of winning and keeping us in contention.Give the man his money!!!

  33. Owlykat Says:

    It is a MUST.

  34. NFLNut Says:

    I’d rather role with Ryan Griffin and give Manziel $1mil to play and save the extra $7-8mil Fitz will want to use on a starting quality CB, DE, DT or O-Lineman … seriously.

  35. Roy T. Buford Says:

    Bring back both Fitz and Glennon. If Jameis gets six games, no way should we expect Fitz, as agresssive as he is and not afraid to head right up the middle, to last six games.

  36. Roy T. Buford Says:

    Sign Fitz for one year at $5M, and Glennon for three at $12M.

  37. I Bleed Pewter and Red Says:

    There are going to be a lot of backup QBs to choose from. The Vikings alone will release at least 2 quality backups and then there’s Denver’s crop. I wouldn’t cave to any unreasonable demands if I were Licht.