Journeyman QB Ryan Fitzpatrick Confirms He’ll Play Football in 2020

Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick with Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2018. Photo by Steve Roberts/Cal Sport Media/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9793888s)

After contemplating retirement following the end of the regular season, Miami Dolphins’ quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick decided he still wants to play football in 2020. Fitzpatrick recently made an appearance on ESPN’s Golic and Wingo on Friday and confirmed he’ll return next season and remain with the Dolphins.

Fitzpatrick, who turned 37 in November, played with eight different teams in the past 15 years he spent in the NFL. He was Dolphins’ starting QB for the better part of the last season, finishing 2019 with 3,529 passing yards and 20 touchdowns.

“It was a crazy roller coaster at the beginning of the year,” Fitzpatrick told Golic and Wingo. “There were a lot more dips on the down than up. It showed a lot for Brian Flores as a first-time head coach to keep the team, keep us interested, keep the intensity and practices at a high level, and even attention level of the guys.”

There is a chance that Ryan Fitzpatrick will remain Miami Dolphins’ starting QB as the team is going through a rebuilding phase. Miami also has Josh Rosen, 10th overall pick in 2018, on their roster but the 22-year-old isn’t expected to be part of the team’s long term plans.

Instead, the Dolphins are expected to take a franchise quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft, where they hold the fifth overall pick. The most probable choice is Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, but Oregon’s Justin Herbert also represents an intriguing option.