Ryan Fitzpatrick wants a chance to compete for a starting job

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Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has played for 25 percent of the NFL’s teams. He’ll likely be joining a ninth team in 2021.

Via Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, Fitzpatrick “believes he’s played well enough the past couple of years to get a chance to at least compete for a starting job with some team.”

That won’t happen in Miami, where Fitzpatrick at most would be the relief pitcher for Tua Tagovailoa. So where will Fitzpatrick go?

Woody Paige of the Denver Gazette recently tweeted that he believes that Drew Lock will return to Denver, but that a veteran like Tyrod Taylor or Fitzpatrick will be added. Paige claims that the Broncos already have spoken to Fitzpatrick.

Obviously, that would be tampering. The more pertinent question (given the league’s usual tolerance of tampering) becomes whether Fitzpatrick and the Broncos would be interested in doing business. Given Lock’s injuries and uneven performances, Fitzpatrick eventually would get a chance to play.

Other possibilities could exist for Fitzpatrick in Chicago, Houston (if the Texans trade Deshaun Watson), Jacksonville (if the Jaguars don’t want to throw Trevor Lawrence immediately into the fray), Washington, Philadelphia (as a competitor for Jalen Hurts), or Seattle (if the Seahawks trade Russell Wilson).

And while Fitzpatrick continues to make memorable moments, there’s a switch that often flips from FitzMagic to FitzTragic. The transformation often happens when it’s least expected, and it quite often is spectacular.

So that’s the question: Can a team rely on Fitzpatrick as a full-season starter, or is he better suited to periodic appearances that get the most out of his skills and abilities without extending his stay on the field for so long that the magic turns tragic?

Regardless, he’s still good enough to be on a roster in 2021, and he’s still good enough to have a role. The challenge becomes finding the best possible roster and the best possible role.

37 responses to “Ryan Fitzpatrick wants a chance to compete for a starting job

  1. now you mention tampering? yesterday you were encouraging teams to make huge offers for watson without any mention of tampering, guess its a lot like the nfl it self, use only when it feels necessary, or furthers your own agenda

  2. As a Pats fan, I really hope Fitz ends up in NE. I do not want to see Cam Newton again. I listened to that entire podcast a few days ago and all that was discussed was probably very true. The one thing that was not mentioned is all of throws that Cam threw that were in the dirt. If Cam can’t hit the rb in the flat or a 10 yard out to a we, then there is zero reason for the Pats to resign him and make we NE fans suffer another season of that. To me, it simply looks like Cams arm is shot. Fitz would make perfect sense to me, even a better fit then Mariota in my opinion.

  3. What about San Francisco?

    They trade Jimmy G to New England. Draft a guy like Trey Lance or Zach Wilson. Sign Fitz to a one year guaranteed deal and let the other guy sit and watch.

  4. Come to the Patriots, Fitz. They need a guy who can throw IN THE AIR 5 yards or more. Sorry, Cam, but it’s true.

  5. One of the 40 odd quarterbacks in the league that deserve a starting spot before Newton.

  6. As a Buffalo fan it is surreal to see Patriots fans clamoring for Fitz. They ought to know that Fitz isn’t good enough to be a starting QB in the NFL. Good Fitz is good enough but Good Fitz only shows up for a drive or two every 2nd or 3rd week. Bad Fitz is worse than Cam Newton and sticks around for entire games and sometimes even for entire months.

    The most puzzling thing is that a Harvard grad can’t seem to grasp the reality that his skill set wasn’t good enough in his prime and certainly hasn’t gotten better with age.

  7. Just silly to want Fitz as Buffalo ron said, he may be better than Cam at the moment, but are we hoping for 7-9 again? how about aiming a little higher please- mariota does have higher upside as does carr for a year or two, heck McD and BB could probably make Winston more desirable than Fitz- who seems like a nice enough guy and all, but as far as playing QB? ,500 at best

  8. Ryan Fitzpatrick is being very unrealistic. He is not going to become a franchise quarterback at 38 years old after playing for many NFL franchises and not distinguishing himself as elite!

    Tua will succeed with the Dolphins. Personally I liked Justin Herbert better but Herbert had a much better group of receivers in San Diego than Tua had in Miami. Miami had mostly practice squad receivers who did not have the speed to separate. Isaiah Ford and Mack Hollins will not start or play a lot for any NFL team. Hurns and Wilson opted out and Preston Williams got injured. Moreover Devante Parker was also often injured. Lynn Bowden Jr. was activated at mid season and distinguished himself catching 7 or 8 per game due to his separation ability. Tom Brady in his final season with New England did not look elite due to not having a good group of receivers. Tua will get the chance to excel in Miami with a group of receivers who will have talent and separation ability!

  9. As a Buffalo fan it is surreal to see Patriots fans clamoring for Fitz. They ought to know that Fitz isn’t good enough to be a starting QB in the NFL.
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    Right now the Patriots do not have a starting QB on the roster so I can see NE fans clamoring for any number of available QBs or QBs on teams that are ready to move on from said QB.

  10. If he goes to NE then he will have played for the entire AFC East… so I kinda want that to happen

  11. Fitz is probably the most hot or cold QB I’ve ever seen. Dude can carve you up for 400 yards and 4 TDs one week and have 150 yards, 0 TDs and 3 ints the next.

  12. Fitzpatrick was the perfect QB for Miami the last two years. Someone who could make plays and win since games in 2019 and help get Tua going in 2020. He is a gunslinger and will get you into games maybe you shouldn’t be in. But he’ll lose you games, too. But the risk/reward for a team that needs a spark and some veteran leadership is worth it. I wish him well…

  13. Come to the Patriots, Fitz. They need a guy who can throw IN THE AIR 5 yards or more. Sorry, Cam, but it’s true.
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    5 yards?

    Belichick is really pushing the limits after 2-yard Tom?!

  14. If they can’t get Wilson, Dallas should let Dak walk or sign/trade for a defensive player and picks, and pick up Fitzpatrick. Draft a QB and he would be the perfect bridge and mentor to the new guy. Even approach Miami to see if they would like Dak for Tua and picks.

  15. Can’t believe they didn’t list NE so he could be the 1st QB to start for every team in one division.

  16. Fitz would be great as a mentor to another young QB. Jacksonville probably isn’t that place – people have been clamoring for Lawrence for 3 years now, so it’s unlikely he won’t starting (to receive his NFL beating on a bad team) right away.

  17. The perfect place for Fitz is back in Miami in a Don Strock-type role. Just come in when the team needs a spark.

  18. Fitzpatrick has played for 1/4 of the teams in the NFL and 3/4 of the AFC East. Don’t want to see him in New England though.

  19. He seems like a cool guy just to play for and drink beers with. I’ve been a fan of his for a while. Where ever he goes, I wish him the best. There are a lot of teams that should go after him for a strong backup or starter, until their draft pick is ready to play = Washington, New England, Colts (Wentz might get hurt), Eagles, Jets, etc. etc. I wish he would stay in Miami.

  20. mrnoname says:
    February 26, 2021 at 1:50 pm
    Fitz is probably the most hot or cold QB I’ve ever seen. Dude can carve you up for 400 yards and 4 TDs one week and have 150 yards, 0 TDs and 3 ints the next.

    Basically he is Tim Wakefield as a QB.

  21. FitzMagic is not coming to Jacksonville. Uncle Rico is already there and signing FitzMagic is not an upgrade over Uncle Rico.

  22. Fitz played better then most of the qb’s in the NFL the last two years. He was ranked 17th in 2019 and 5th last year. He was playing his best football when he got benched. Tua should have learned and healed, he played at 80%. Fitz would have put the Dolphins in the playoffs last year and who knows what might have been.

  23. I like the man! The very best part is that he won’t cost you 3 firsts and your best player. Might work out well for my team, the WFT.

  24. ronfromnm says:

    The most puzzling thing is that a Harvard grad can’t seem to grasp the reality that his skill set wasn’t good enough in his prime and certainly hasn’t gotten better with age.

    I think Fitz grasps the NFL quite well – he’s made over $50 million. Last year he made over $5 million sitting the bench for the most part.

  25. Fitz is only good for a stretch of games. He can’t put together it for 16 games. He is a backup.

  26. It’s unfortunate but the Dolphins roster is far too talented to risk playing Tua as the starting QB. Frankly they should have kept (and still should keep) Fitz as the starter. Give Tua a couple years to develop while Fitz leads them to the playoffs.

  27. “Given [Lock’s] injuries and uneven performances, Fitzpatrick eventually would get a chance to play.” You can substitute Lock’s name for any other QB not named Brady, Mahomes, Watson, Rodgers, Wilson, Allen, or Jackson.

    Fitzmagic, the NFL’s Mariano Rivera.

  28. I would love to see Fitz back in Buffalo backing up Josh! He is a gamer and makes watching football fun, and has a great attitude in the locker room! He played for a lot of subpar teams and the fish did him wrong by benching him. He has brains but with a blue-collar work ethic. I know Fitz wants to be a starter so this won’t happen but it’s ok to dream! A Bills fan forever!

  29. At least where he goes, it will be entertaining there. And in the end, that’s all that really matters….

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