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Texans land quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick

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The Houston Texans signed free agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on Thursday.

He gets a 2-year deal from the Texans worth $7.5 million, with $4 million guaranteed.

"After being released by Tennessee, you never really like that uncertainty, not knowing where you are going to go next," Fitzpatrick said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports.

"When I first got a call from Coach (Bill) O'Brien I really liked what he had to say on the phone. Coming in for a visit (Thursday) and getting a chance to sit down with him and (quarterbacks coach George) Godsey, It seems like it's going to be a pretty special place and he's going to be a special guy to play for and that's what really excited me."

Fitzpatrick said he was really drawn to the Texans after meeting with O'Brien.

"I just see it as a great fit for me on the football field," Fitzpatrick said. "The way that he thinks about the game, that was a really impressive thing that when we sat down and met that I felt like I really meshed well with."

Fitzpatrick was released by the Tennessee Titans after he played there during the 2013 season.

Before that, he was the Buffalo Bills from 2009 to 2012.

He has also played for the Cincinnati Bengals and St. Louis Rams.

Fitzpatrick played in 11 games for the Titans last season, starting 9.

In 2013 he threw for 2454 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Fitzpatrick was also picked off 12 times last year.

His best season was in 2012 with the Bills when he threw for 3400 yards, 24 touchdowns with 16 interceptions.

"I think I've got a lot of experience in different cities," Fitzpatrick said. "In being exposed to so many different situations and scenarios in my career, I think being able to lean on that, that's a big thing and that's something that's helped me and will continue to help me in my career."

The Texans already have three quarterbacks on the roster, including Matt Schaub, Case Keenum and T.J. Yates.

"I think it's just really important that everybody buys in, everybody buys the message that Coach O' Brien is going to be putting out there and we all come together as one." Fitzpatrick said.

"I think the guys are going to do that."

Fitzpatrick said he learned a lot about the Texans organization through receiver Kevin Walter, who was with the Titans last season and played in Houston from 2006-2012.

"He became a good friend of mine and obviously Kevin knows a lot of those guys inside and out," Fitzpatrick said. "So being able to have some discussions with him about the personnel and the talent and some of the guys he's familiar with and the organizaton in general, he had a bunch of good things to say."





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