The Dolphins have declared an open competition for their starting quarterback job.
But the old guy is getting the first crack at it.
Letting him go first instead of Josh Rosen‘s likely a matter of courtesy and inertia at the moment, as Fitzpatrick was there first.
But it makes little sense for them to trade for Rosen and not play him, as this year’s an early audition for the future. Fitzpatrick is good enough to step in temporarily, but Rosen’s the only quarterback on their roster at the moment with the chance to play a significant role for them beyond 2019 (no offense to Jake Rudock, he says, while providing the offense).