After deciding to part ways with backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, the Tennessee Titans quickly moved on and signed free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick. The recently released QB was not on the market long, and now will be in Nashville for at least the next two years.
Clearly, it’s Jake Locker’s team in Tennessee, but what does the signing of Fitzpatrick mean for the franchise?
First off, I really wouldn’t call it an upgrade at backup quarterback. Hasselbeck was the ideal backup for Locker, mainly because of the experience he brought to the table. Ideally, you’d like to see your young gun with a savvy veteran behind him, but that’s not the route the Titans are going in 2013.
With Fitzpatrick at backup, it’s more of a ‘1 and 1a’ situation. He’s been brought in to be the backup, but not solely as a backup. I see this more as a move to help keep Locker on his toes, similar to what the Minnesota Vikings have done by bringing in Matt Cassel.
Fitzpatrick is a well qualified backup and should fill that role admirably, but in addition, he seems to have a small chance of getting into some games next season. If Locker isn’t getting the job done, you can bet that his leash will be very short. If the Titans need a boost or a change of pace, they can easily give Fitzpatrick a try.
It’s an intriguing signing for Tennessee, but one that I like. It will increase the level of competition at quarterback, and it will keep Locker from ever becoming complacent.
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