8:01pm: Fitzpatrick gets $7.5MM across two years with $4MM guaranteed, tweets John McClain of the Houston Chronicle (on Twitter).
6:13pm: It’s a two-year deal, tweets James Palmer of CSNHouston.com.
5:34pm: The Texans are set to sign free agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, tweets Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The Harvard product visited with Houston earlier today and wasted little time in putting pen to paper.
Fitzpatrick, 31, was released by the Titans last week before he could collect on a $500K roster bonus due on the fifth day of the league year. The veteran’s release was widely expected but the signing of Charlie Whitehurst earlier this month all but confirmed that he was out as Jake Locker‘s backup.
Fitzpatrick was slated to be No. 2 on the depth chart in Tennessee last season but injury created opportunity for the Ivy League graduate. Fitzpatrick played in eleven games and started nine, throwing for 2,454 yards and 14 touchdowns with 12 interceptions and a completion percentage of 62%.
Just as Whitehurst’s arrival signaled the end of Fitzpatrick’s time with the Titans, Fitzpatrick’s arrival in Houston could spell the end for Matt Schaub.