By Lewis Gould
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported late last night that veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has reached agreement with the WFT on a one-year deal worth $10 million that could grow to $12 million with incentives.
Fitzpatrick is expected to be the starter, with competition from Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen.
Washington knew it would struggle to add a long-term solution at quarterback this offseason, but it also realizes it can contend for another NFC East title.
Fitzpatrick provides the team with someone who can play at a solid level for a less-expensive contract, allowing WFT to build the rest of its roster on offense.
Fitzpatrick, 38, is entering his 17th NFL season. He is the only quarterback in NFL history to start and throw touchdowns with eight different teams. Now, he’ll have a chance to do it for a ninth.
He played a huge role in guiding the Dolphins from a rebuilding team to one of the NFL’s best stories in 2020, as Miami made a five-win jump to a 10-6 record. In 2019, Fitzpatrick beat out Josh Rosen in an open competition to become the Dolphins’ starter for a 5-11 season when many considered the team to be tanking early on. In 2020, Fitzpatrick again began the season as the starter as the self-proclaimed “placeholder” and mentor for rookie Tua Tagovailoa.