Ryan Fitzpatrick signed Washington to one-year, $10M deal

The Washington Football Team and journeyman quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick reportedly reached an agreement Monday on a one-year deal.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the news, noting it is worth $10 million but could grow to $12 million.

Ryan Fitzpatrick is ready to play for his ninth NFL team as he heads into his 17th NFL season.

In Washington, Fitzpatrick will join Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen in head coach Ron Rivera’s quarterback room.

Fitzpatrick in Miami Dolphins

Fitzpatrick showed in 2020 that he can still sling the rock with the Miami Dolphins.

He accomplished 68.5 percent of his throws for 2,091 yards, 13 touchdowns, eight interceptions, and a 95.6 passer rating across nine games (seven starts).

He ranked fifth in ESPN’s Total QBR (76.9).

Although Miami opted to make a switch to rookie Tua Tagovailoa coming out of its Week 7 bye, the 38-year-old Harvard product still made appearances during the season’s second half, both because of Tagovailoa’s thumb injury and because, on a few occasions, the team was looking for a spark.

Most notably, Fitzpatrick entered a Week 16 game with the Dolphins trailing the Las Vegas Raiders 16-13 in the fourth quarter.

He guided them to 13 points over the game’s final four minutes to pick up the win, but the team ultimately fell short of the playoffs despite a 10-6 record.

However, none of his teams have ever qualified for the playoffs, and he’s never made the Pro Bowl despite some strong individual seasons.

In February, Fitzpatrick told Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated he hoped to continue his career in 2021.

“I still really enjoy playing the game,” he said. “It’s a little bit more difficult now in terms of my family situation and all of that, but yes, I enjoy playing and I want to keep playing. I’m thankful that my family is very supportive of that.”

A seventh-round pick in 2005, Fitzpatrick has also played for the Rams, Bengals, Bills, Titans, Texans, Jets, and Buccaneers.

Maybe with this deal, potentially seeing the 38-year-old earn up to $12m with incentives.

Ryan Fitzpatrick in Washington Football Team

In Washington, Fitzpatrick will join Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen in head coach Ron Rivera’s quarterback room.

But, the signing points to the veteran being the starting favorite for the reigning NFC East champions.

It’s unclear how long he’ll be playing, but he has written a great story with plenty of memorable moments. He hopes that continues in Washington too.

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