Ryan Fitzpatrick gives the Dolphins leverage during the draft process

Ryan Fitzpatrick

All Fitzpatrick managed to do in week two was throw for another 402 yards and four touchdowns, starting the season with nine total touchdowns, over 800 yards passing and only one turnover.

His signing likely won't prevent Miami from drafting a quarterback either in the 2019 or 2020 National Football League draft. Fitzpatrick has started 126 games since 2005, when he entered the NFL as the Ivy League Player of the Year, and was taken in the seventh-round of the draft by St. Louis Rams.

But 2020 seems to be the quarterback class the Dolphins have their eyes on because Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa, Oregon's Justin Herbert and Georgia's Jake Fromm are considered franchise-changing talents. It was believed that Ryan Tannehill could be that guy but after seven questionable seasons, the team made a decision to trade him to the Tennessee Titans last week.

He wants to compete for the Dolphins' starting quarterback job.

"The Dolphins had expressed interest, and I've had some other calls for some other teams and all of them had guys that were penciled in as starters", Fitzpatrick said.

"I'm going into this thing and I'm going to come in Day 1 and act like and be the starting quarterback for this organization until they tell me I'm not", Fitzpatrick said.

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With the signing of Fitzpatrick, who reportedly agreed to a two-year contract worth $11 million with incentives that could make it up to $20 million, there's reason to believe the Dolphins could be the next team to save their money on the market and tank in order to secure a high draft pick next year. "Even though financially there were some similarities, I looked at this as a chance to play, and that's why I got excited about it".

He has played two seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals from 2007-08, four with the Buffalo Bills from 2009-2012, spent a season with the Titans in 2013 and one with the Houston Texans in 2014, and was the New York Jets starter for 2015-16.

Fitzpatrick would finish the 2018 season with 2366 yards, 17 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions, as well as a 66.7 completion percentage in just seven games of action.

The Dolphins are in a freeing, but delicate situation: they need to give themselves flexibility to not get boxed into a quarterback until they find the right one to lead them into the future.

The 36-year-old quarterback is coming off a year that had Tampa Bay buzzing with his performances in the first half of the season. His popularity has soared during his time off the field over the last two years and his Miami jersey would easily fly off the shelves.

Despite the latest relocation, to sometimes steamy South Florida, Fitzpatrick said he will keep his trademark beard. "It will definitely be in full effect", he said, according to ESPN's Cameron Wolfe.


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