Miami QB Fitzpatrick to return in 2020

Field Level Media

January 31, 2020 at 5:44 pm.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick confirmed Friday that he’ll return for the 2020 season, his 16th in the NFL.

Appearing on ESPN’s “Golic and Wingo,” he said that he pondered retirement but is coming back with the blessing of his wife and seven children.

General manager Chris Grier said last week that he expected the 37-year-old Fitzpatrick would be on the team in 2020.

The Dolphins started the 2019 season 0-7 under first-year coach Brian Flores but finished 5-11. The progress encouraged Fitzpatrick.

“It was a crazy roller coaster at the beginning of the year,” he said. “There were a lot more dips on the down than up. It showed a lot for Brian Flores as a first-time head coach to keep the team, keep us interested, keep the intensity and practices at high level and even attention level of the guys.”

He continued: “To finish 5-4 like we did over the last nine games was an amazing testament to the guys we had in the locker room and Brian Flores as a head coach playing aggressive and keeping us together.”

The Dolphins have the No. 5 pick in the NFL draft and are expected to pick a quarterback. They are known to like former Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa, who could spend a year learning from Fitzpatrick as he recovers from hip surgery.

Fitzpatrick is entering the second season of a two-year, $11 million contract — $7 million of it guaranteed — with the Dolphins.

The Dolphins are Fitzpatrick’s eighth team and he has a 55-83-1 career record. Last season in 15 games (13 starts), he completed 62.0 percent of his passes for 3,529 yards with 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.