Texans sign Ryan Fitzpatrick

AP

The Texans haven’t yet identified their franchise quarterback of the future, but they have identified a veteran who could serve as a short-term starter and/or a veteran mentor to the No. 1 overall pick.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, formerly of the Titans, has signed with the Texans today. Ed Werder of ESPN reports that it’s a two-year deal.

This move makes clear — if it wasn’t clear already — that veteran quarterback Matt Schaub will not remain in Houston. Schaub is still under contract, but the Texans will either trade him or cut him.

The 31-year-old Fitzpatrick started nine games last year and has previously been a starter in Buffalo and Cincinnati, and he could start in Houston this year. If the Texans use the first overall pick in the NFL draft on a quarterback like Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles or Johnny Manziel, they may decide to ease their rookie quarterback into the NFL and start the season with Fitzpatrick under center. If the Texans don’t use the first overall pick on a quarterback, Fitzpatrick would likely beat out Case Keenum and T.J. Yates for the starting job.

Fitzpatrick is never going to be a great quarterback, but he can be a competent quarterback while the Texans figure out if they can draft a quarterback who will eventually be great.

55 responses to “Texans sign Ryan Fitzpatrick

  1. There are a lot worse QBs on NFL rosters that has never had the success Vince Young has had …(NFL Rookie of the Year, 2 Pro Bowls, Playoff experience and Mobility). Vince has a career winning record of 31-19…
    I hope he gets another chance even if it’s third string..
    GM/Coach, sit down and talk to this guy…I think he can help…..

  2. The trade for Schaub by the Raiders fell through. A lot of that had me thinking the Texans wanted McGloin in that trade. Not saying he would be the starter there and they wouldn’t draft a QB early. But I bet their was a level of comfort for O’brien

  3. The Texans got themselves one of the best #2 QB’s in the NFL, and a fairly capable starter if it comes to that. Even as a starter, Fitz would likely rank in the middle of the pack among NFL QB’s. A good, smart aquisition for them if they’re turning away from Shaub.

  4. ” If the Texans don’t use the first overall pick on a quarterback, Fitzpatrick would likely beat out Case Keenum and T.J. Yates for the starting job.”

    Except they also have a second round pick to use on a QB.

  5. Perhaps the thinking is, if they grab Clowney, pair him with Watt, the defense can become 2000 Ravens-esque, or 2002 Buccaneer-esque. If so, I don’t think a lot of folks would mind a Super Bowl run led by a guy who could be Brad Johnson-esque or Trent Dilfer-esque.

  6. Fitz might look like refugee from Deliverance but being a Harvard grad he’s a damn smart guy that plays with a lot of guts … If he can limit the picks you’ve got a nice addition in H town, was hoping he’d land in CLE.

  7. The Texans might as well cut Schaub. With everyone knowing they don’t plan on keeping him, who is going to trade for him and get stuck with his contract?

  8. “The 31-year-old Fitzpatrick started nine games last year and has previously been a starter in Buffalo and Cincinnati”…

    …and St. Louis. (Just to be 100% factually accurate)

  9. He is a great back up, but it seem that wherever he goes, he eventually finds his way into a long term starting spot, and then falls out of favor. Good luck Amish Rifle.

  10. Man ,, 2 years ago Schaub was on the verge of stepping into the elite qb talk and now he has fallen so fast and hard that it rivals tebows predicament !!

  11. I was hoping the Titans would pick up Schaub,but now we aint got no on backning up Locker whos worth a crap. believe it or not,Fitzpatrick is a good but not great qb who just makes hurried decisions on about every play.

  12. For everyone complaining about how this is a bad decision clearly doesn’t understand that Fitzpatrick isn’t “the guy” who’s going to play for the texans franchise for the next 2 decades, but more of a a transitional qb in place of drafting their next franchise qb under O’Brien. At very worst he shall be the best backup qb with excellent guidance to a young qb.

  13. htowntexansred says:
    Mar 20, 2014 6:44 PM
    Boy, Texans are in desperate mode for QB.

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    Fitz as a back up QB is a great move.

    He is NOT going to be their starting QB.

    There are two main kinds of back up QB’s in the league…

    Those with experience and those without.

    Brock Osweiler of the Broncos has played two yrs in the league, never started even one game and has attempted all of 20 passes in his NFL career.

    Ryan Mallet, in his 3 yrs on the Pats has attempted all of 4 passes in his career and NONE this past season.

    Other teams go for backups with experience.

    Fitz has started 77 games in his career.

    Fitz has attempted 2,599 passes in his career.

    If a teams starting QB goes down in the 2nd half or with 2 min’s left in a close game, they gotta like their chances better by having a 31 yr old backup QB whose been in the league awhile, has started over 6 seasons worth of games and whose throw over 2,500 passes to run into the game vs. a kid whose throw a grand total of 20 passes in his career, or 4 passes in his 3 yr NFL career…

    A player who just left the Bengals said that Andy Daulton would be helped if they got a veteran QB in there for him to work with, talk about things etc…

    Fitz fits this role perfectly, in terms of being able to help the kid they draft and to come into a game with significant game experience vs. a backup with less than a game’s pass attempts in his entire career…

    Now, if he’s their starter… forget all I said…

    But, they just suffered through Matt Schaub last season and Fitz has had teams suffer through him as their starter…

    As a back up, he’s a great pick up…

  14. The Jags n Colts are gonna wax our butts again this year whether we draft Clowney or one of the QBs. I think Watt has started to lose a step and we have no WR corp. Seasons gonna blow!Again!

  15. Holding my breath and hoping the new regime in HTown knows their business. Can’t say this signing was a confidence builder though.

  16. Houston is using a correct approach to their qb situation. First, I ouldn’t draft a qb number one- (go for Clowney). Second, none of the qb’s is worth this first overall pick including Bortles. Bortles has a inconsistent delivery, His feet are a mess at times. He is at least one to two years away. Finally, I wish people would look at tape of Manziel. This kid has no pocket awareness as to where to go with the ball at times. He then thinks that he can use his legs to cover that problem. If he thinks that he can get away with that in the pros, sorry he will get killed physically. He is a bust waiting to happen.

  17. Schaub is well worth trading for (6th rounder this year or 5th next year) if you can get him to get his contract right. Once he is on the open market you have less of a chance of landing him.

  18. As a Bills fan I will say the Texans made a good choice. Fitz is smart fast and if you block for him (something we haven’t been able to do for years in Buffalo) he will perform for you. Definitely a step up and a huge savings from Shaub

  19. For those of you who are ashamed of being Texans fans, well the Texans are ashamed to have you as fans. Win, lose, or draw a fan is a fan. Fitz is a competitor and that’s what these young QB’s need on our roster.

  20. evansvc says:
    Mar 20, 2014 6:45 PM
    There are a lot worse QBs on NFL rosters that has never had the success Vince Young has had …(NFL Rookie of the Year, 2 Pro Bowls, Playoff experience and Mobility). Vince has a career winning record of 31-19…
    I hope he gets another chance even if it’s third string..
    GM/Coach, sit down and talk to this guy…I think he can help…..

    VY is garbage. Between off field issues and him just not being good it’s a waste of money and roster spot.

  21. okeedokeesmokee says:
    Mar 20, 2014 10:41 PM
    The Jags n Colts are gonna wax our butts again this year whether we draft Clowney or one of the QBs. I think Watt has started to lose a step and we have no WR corp. Seasons gonna blow!Again!

    Wahhhhh wahhhh cry me a river.

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