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The Miami Dolphins most recent signing has been announced, as quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is headed to Miami. This newest signing seems to be the Dolphins answer at the quarterback position for the upcoming 2019 season after trading Ryan Tannehill to the Tennessee Titans.
The deal is for two-years, $11 million with incentives that could bring the total to between $17 and $20 million, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Miami will be Fitzpatrick’s eighth different NFL team including his third AFC East team, having also played for the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets.
Fitzpatrick’s most recent team was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he spent two seasons splitting time with Jameis Winston for the starting quarterback spot.
In 2018 Ryan Fitzpatrick played in eight games, starting seven of them, and threw for 2,366 yards with 17 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. During the seven starts in 2018 his record was 2-5.
What the Signing Means?
Fitzpatrick will most likely be the Dolphins 33rd starting quarterback in franchise history. The contract size and the level of play Fitzpatrick has produced recently show all signs of him being a stepping stone for a rookie quarterback being drafted within the next couple years. Fitzpatrick is a solid quarterback and with the right pieces has shown that he can win games, the 2015 season with the Jets is a great example. He has also shown the tendancy to produce turnovers and just not win that many games when his supporting cast isn’t very good. The current Dolphins roster doesn’t seem fit for a playoff push this season.
Ryan Fitzpatrick’s career quarterback record is 50-75-1 and his biggest blunder is how inconsistent his play can be. At the start of the 2018 NFL season Fitzpatrick had lead the Buccaneers to a 2-0 record posting a game with a 156.2 quarterback rating and a game with a 144.4 quarterback rating.
Through his next five starts Tampa Bay would go 0-5 and Fitzpatrick would have two games in that stretch with a quarterback rating below 50.
Besides most likely having a rough upcoming year where wins will be hard to come by, this signing also helps bring a veteran in the Dolphins quarterback room. Fitzpatrick is a professional who has managed to continue to stay in the league.
Whether Miami drafts a quarterback in the upcoming 2019 NFL draft or waits for 2020, Fitzpatrick can be a teacher and eventually pass over the starting job to whomever Miami is grooming to be their franchise quarterback.
Who knows? Maybe we will get to see some “FitzMagic” soon!