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Miami Dolphins expect Ryan Fitzpatrick to be back in 2020

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Dolphins

It has been deemed a foregone conclusion that the Miami Dolphins will look to secure their future franchise quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft. Regardless, that does not mean the end for quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick just yet.

According to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk, general manager Chris Grier full expects Fitzpatrick to be back for the 2020 NFL season:

According to multiple reporters, Grier said Wednesday that he “fully expects” the veteran quarterback to play out the final year of his contract.

Fitzpatrick signed a two-year deal last offseason in Miami’s efforts to with things up under center. It is safe to say that he proved to be quite the offseason addition after sparking a resurgence on offense with his play down the stretch.

The 37-year-old served as the catalyst for the Dolphins winning three of their last five games and finishing with a 5-11 record following an 0-7 start to the year. Although the victories may have damaged their standing in this year’s draft, it showed that Fitzpatrick is still more than capable of leading an offense.

As a result, Grier’s comments appear to indicate that they plan to keep the veteran around while they try and develop their franchise cornerstone under center. The Dolphins have been linked to every notable quarterback prospect with the No. 5 pick and would likely love nothing more than to have the option of taking their time with the rookie’s progression.

Fortunately, fans can take solace in the fact that “FitzMagic” will be in Miami to hold down the fort for at least another season.