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Media Reports: Dolphins, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick Agree To Deal

18 March 2019

The well-traveled veteran agreed to terms Sunday on an $11 million, two-year contract as a replacement to Ryan Tannehill and a placeholder until the Dolphins can draft their franchise quarterback.

The Miami Dolphins are hoping for some Fitz-Magic.

Fitzpatrick, 36, stepped in for the suspended Jameis Winston in Weeks 1-3 last season and led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to upset wins over the New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles.

The Dolphins traded Tannehill on Friday to the Tennessee Titans in a deal that also involved draft picks. Of course, Fitzpatrick's biggest issue has always been avoiding turnovers, and for as impressive as his other numbers were, his 12 interceptions in eight games undermined his ability to start the full season for the Buccaneers.

With Tannehill off the roster, the Dolphins were in need of a new starting quarterback.

Well, now they apparently have their man, as they signed Ryan Fitzpatrick to a two-year deal on St. Patrick's Day, which seems fitting. The former Harvard star set an National Football League record with three-straight games with at least 400 yards passing.

Fitzpatrick could become Miami's 20th starting quarterback since Dan Marino retired following 1999 season. He has a career passer rating of 81.1 with 190 touchdowns and 148 interceptions.

He had four 400-yard passing games previous year for the Buccaneers but yielded the starting job to Jameis Winston in November.

The "Tank For Tua" campaign could be well underway.

Fitzaptrick, a 14-year pro, is a journeyman quarterback who played for the Rams, Bengals, Bills, Titans, Texans, and Jets.

Media Reports: Dolphins, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick Agree To Deal