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Ryan Fitzpatrick, Who Threw as Many Interceptions in 2 Weeks as Colin Kaepernick Has Thrown in 2 Years, Gets Job

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Who Threw as Many Interceptions in 2 Weeks as Colin Kaepernick Has Thrown in 2 Years, Gets Job
Published On: Fri, May 19
Dec 18, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) talks with Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) after their game at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons won 41-13. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Ryan Fitzpatrick have agreed to terms. The addition of a 34-year-old backup quarterback coming off a dreadful season isnt the most exciting news in the world. But, luckily, it shouldnt be viewed in a vacuum anyway.

With each and every middling quarterback to find work comes the realization that its one less opportunity available to Colin Kaepernick. And even if you think his social consciousness precludes him from playing in the NFL, its at least reconsidering the situation when someone like Fitzpatrick gets a job " as it was when Blaine Gabbert was snatched up earlier this month.

Consider that Fitzpatrick threw 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions last year. Nine of those picks came over a two-week stretch early in the season (six against Kansas City and three against Seattle. Kaepernick, on the other hand, has thrown 9 total interceptions over the past two years while playing in 21 games.

Look, I understand that stat doesnt come close to painting the full picture. Fitzpatrick is a bigger risk-taker on the field and will naturally throw more interceptions. His knowledge of the game will make him a resource for Jameis Winston and we dont know what asking price/other requirements Kaepernick has in order to sign.

We do know that $3 million is no bargain for a backup quarterback. Its the 34th-highest cap charge going into 2017 and similar to those of Colt McCoy, Chad Henne, Matt Schaub, Matt Cassel and Derek Anderson. It seems likely that Kaepernicks asking would be slightly higher, but in the same neighborhood and that the Bucs picked Fitzpatrick over him.

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