Ryan Fitzpatrick Can Break His Own Record After Joining Washington Football Team

Published 03/16/2021, 9:36 AM EDT
Oct 18, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) attempts a pass against the New York Jets during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


NFL journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick has been in the NFL since 2005. He was a 7th round pick by the then St. Louis Rams. However, he has enjoyed stints with multiple teams across the league.

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Over the last 15 years, Fitzpatrick played for Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans, New York Jets, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Dec 26, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws against the Las Vegas Raiders during the second half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The former Harvard player signed for Miami Dolphins in 2019. He ended the 2020 NFL campaign with 2,091 passing yards with 13 passing TDs against 8 interceptions.

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The Dolphins opted against re-signing the veteran. Instead, Fitzpatrick signed a 1-year deal with the NFC East franchise, Washington Football Team, at the start of free agency week.

So what lies next for one of the NFL’s most-respected quarterbacks?

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Ryan Fitzpatrick continues NFL journey, signs with Washington

Ryan Fitzpatrick will turn 39 in November. After ending his tenure with the Dolphins, Fitzpatrick was adamant that he still wanted to continue playing at the highest level. His new deal with Washington will certainly offer him an opportunity to do that.

Dec 26, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) celebrates with wide receiver Isaiah Ford (84) after the game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. The Dolphins defeated the Raiders 26-25. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Coach Ron Rivera will welcome Ryan on a 1-year deal worth $10 million ($2 million in incentives). Fitzpatrick will challenge quarterbacks, Kyle Allen and Taylor Heinicke, for a starting spot in the national capital.

In 146 career starts, Fitzpatrick has a 59-86-1 record. He has thrown for 34,977 yards with 223 passing TDs and showed no signs of slowing down in 2020.

After joining Washington, Ryan Fitzpatrick can now break his own record of throwing a passing touchdown for a record-setting 9th NFL team.

He has thrown a passing touchdown with each of his past 8 NFL organizations. Here’s a bit of that famous ‘Fitzmagic’ from the 2020 NFL season.

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Washington ended their debut season with coach Rivera as NFC East champions with a 7-9 record in 2020. They parted ways with quarterbacks Alex Smith and Dwayne Haskins in the build-up to the 2021 NFL season.

Despite losing to the Buccaneers in the 2020 Wild Card Round, Washington boast of one of the strongest defensive sides in the league.

Is the arrival of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick the missing piece of the puzzle for coach Rivera and his team? We’ll find out soon enough when the season begins in September.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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