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Ryan Fitzpatrick Reportedly 'Looks Like' He'll Retire Despite Broncos Interest

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMarch 7, 2021

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) looks to throw a pass against the Las Vegas Raiders during an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, in Las Vegas.The Dolphins won the game 26-25. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)
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Veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick might be hanging up his cleats.

According to NFL writer John Clayton, it "looks like [Fitzpatrick's] going to retire." Clayton added that the Denver Broncos had made contact with the free-agent quarterback this offseason but "it looks like he's going to be out of the mix."

Fitzpatrick, 38, had a whirlwind of a 2020 season. He started the first six games of the year for the Miami Dolphins before that gig was given to rookie Tua Tagovailoa. But Fitzpatrick made a relief appearance and another start for the Dolphins down the stretch before a positive COVID-19 test ahead of Week 17 ended his season. 

In total, Fitzpatrick finished with 2,091 passing yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions, completing 68.5 percent of his passes while taking 14 sacks. The Dolphins went 4-3 in his starts and 10-6 overall. 

With the Dolphins holding the option of either turning the reins over to Tagovailoa or making a huge trade for a player like Deshaun Watson, it appears his time in Miami has come to an end. 

The Dolphins were Fitzpatrick's eighth NFL franchise in his career, spanning the St. Louis Rams, Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans, New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His best season came in 2015 with the New York Jets, when he made 16 starts and threw for 3,905 yards, 31 touchdowns and 15 interceptions, leading New York to a 10-6 mark.  

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As for the Broncos, the organization is going to bring in competition for young quarterback Drew Lock. New general manager George Paton said as much last week.

"[He's] very talented, was inconsistent at times, has a lot to work on," Paton told reporters regarding Lock. "But I've spoken with Drew, I see him every day, he's here early, he's working. He really wants to be great. We're always going to try to bring in competition at every position, and quarterback as well, but I like the track that Drew's on."

Head coach Vic Fangio concurred. 

"Obviously we're always looking to bring in players at all positions that can raise the level of competition, and the quarterback is no different in that regard," he said. "Until we get or until Drew proves to be the next great quarterback ... we're going to always try and bring in competition. But I have confidence that Drew can continue to improve."

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