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Ryan Fitzpatrick’s plan for ‘Fitzmagic’ 2021 amid retirement rumors with Dolphins

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Ryan Fitzpatrick — the lovable 38-year-old Harvard grad and long-time NFL quarterback— intends to suit up for the 2021 season. This announcement erases any rumors of his possible retirement. So don’t worry, folks. “Fitzmagic” hasn’t fizzled out just yet.

The news was first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport, who also attests there’ll be a market for the former Miami Dolphins starter.

In nine games last season, Fitzpatrick piled up 2,091 yards passing, 13 touchdowns, and just eight interceptions while completing 68.5% of his passes. He was eventually pulled in favor of Tua Tagovailoa as a starter. He led the Dolphins to a 4-3 record as their QB1. Tearfully, he was relieved of his starting duties to Tagovailoa, who went 6-3 the rest of the way and nearly led the Dolphins to the playoffs.

Selected by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round (250th overall), of the 2005 NFL Draft, Fitzpatrick has been the starting quarter for eight different teams. He’s the true definition of a journeyman starting for the Rams, Cincinnati, Buffalo, Tennessee, Houston, Tampa Bay, and the New York Jets over his 16-year career. With Miami clearly focusing on developing Tagovailoa, Fitzpatrick could be headed for a ninth team.

He already owns the record as the only quarterback in NFL history to start for eight teams, and he’s the only quarterback to throw for 400-plus yards in three straight games — when he did so for Tampa Bay during the 2018 season.

The Ryan Fitzpatrick era isn’t over just yet and it’s good to see one of the league’s best personalities getting another shot, for what team, that part is still undecided.