Magic City loses some with departure of Ryan Fitzpatrick to Washington
Fitzpatrick started 20 games for the Dolphins over two seasons. He won nine and lost 11, though it seemed a lot more fun than that.
By signing with the team with no name, Fitzpatrick will earn up to $12 million in 2021, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
It was a very smart move by Chris Grier and then incoming coach Brian Flores to sign Fitzpatrick to a 2-year, $11 million deal in 2019.
Fitzpatrick was, as Flores often said, the embodiment of all he wants in a football player. Fitzpatrick was, more than anything, tough and selfless. He was also fearless and smart.
Fitzpatrick ended his Miami career with 33 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. He posted a quarterback rating of 89.0. That was quite similar to what Ryan Tannehill posted as a Dolphin, a rating of 87.0 over six years.
Fitzpatrick was an excellent mentor for Tua Tagovailoa. But he was perhaps a bit too talented and experienced and comfortable, because twice he replaced Tagovailoa.
He led Miami to a memorable and dramatic victory at Las Vegas, but it was quickly made known he would not start at Buffalo. That's because Tua was the fifth pick in the draft and Fitzpatrick was not the future.
The Dolphins moved to replace Fitzpatrick on Tuesday, agreeing to terms with Jacoby Brissett, a West Palm Beach native.
Tyrod Taylor (Texans) and Andy Dalton (Bears) also agreed to deals Tuesday.
Brissett is a serviceable quarterback capable of replacing Tagovailoa in a pinch. And he should be helpful to Tagovailoa in the quarterback room.