KEY POINTS

  • Fitzpatrick will continue his NFL journey after signing a one-year deal with Washington
  • Washington is likely to use Fitzpatrick's experience to hone young quarterbacks for the coming season
  • Fitzpatrick could still create records in a one-year stint with Washington

One of the most endeared NFL players will be playing one more season.

Ryan Fitzpatrick faced a gloomy future after his contract with the Miami Dolphins ran out. However, Washington felt that the 38-year-old still had something left in him.

Hence, the Washington football team signed Fitzpatrick to a one-year deal where he will earn $10 million for the coming NFL season.

The report comes from Adam Schefter of ESPN, revealing “Fitzmagic” will be joining his ninth NFL team.

Fitzpatrick’s deal could swell to $12 million with incentives. Washington was looking for a veteran to join its current quarterbacks Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen, a couple of play-callers who could use some guidance from an experienced player like Fitzpatrick.

Similar to his last stint with the Dolphins, Fitzpatrick is likely to hold a backup role. But given the chance, the 2004 Ivy League Player of the Year could be starting in some games.

With Miami, the 38-year-old started for 20 games, including seven in 2020 with the Dolphins still trying to hone Tua Tagovailoa.

Heading into a new season, it appears Miami is ready to move on from “Fitzmagic” and take their chances on the 23-year-old quarterback.

There is no doubt that Fitzpatrick has accomplished a lot in his NFL career. In 16 seasons, he started in 146 games and completed 60.7 percent of his passes for 34,977 yards with 223 touchdowns and 169 interceptions.

Ryan Fitzpatrick Ryan Fitzpatrick didn't throw an interception against the Steelers on Oct 9, 2016 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but the Jets still only managed to score 13 points. Photo: Getty

It is also a sigh of relief for the veteran play-caller who most felt was headed to retirement. There were teams like the Denver Broncos who were interested in him. Unfortunately, talks did not progress, and he was left to wait on his next stop.

Playing at least one more year, Fitzpatrick could pull off another surprise. Recall that he played a crucial role in thwarting the Las Vegas Raiders' playoff hopes, seen as the most recent highlight of his NFL career. 

For the coming season, there are other records he could set. That includes adding Washington to the list of teams he has thrown a touchdown pass. Fitzpatrick is the only NFL quarterback to do that with eight teams so far.