The Miami Dolphins sign Ryan Fitzpatrick to a two-year deal, after trading Ryan Tannehill to the Tennessee Titans.
The relationship between the Dolphins and Tannehill were coming to an inevitable end, and the team sent the seven-year veteran to Nashville. Miami sent 2019 sixth round pick, for a seventh-round pick, and 2020 fourth round pick.
Tannehill’s time in Dade County was filled with underwhelming performances in big-time games and is one of the most sacked quarterbacks since being in the league, which took a toll on his body as well as the offense. Add in a below average 62.8% completion percentage doesn’t help his case as an NFL starter either.
Now that the Dolphins have made it clear that the team is under a total rebuild, they have to address the Quarterback, at least for the 2019 season. Instead of putting all bets on the 13th pick of this draft, General Manager Chris Grier turns to one of the best bridge quarterbacks in the business.
Ryan Fitzpatrick signed a two-year deal that is worth $11 Million and could reach anywhere from $17-20 million with incentives.
The 36-year-old quarterback is coming off a year that had Tampa Bay buzzing with his performances in the first half of the season. During that time, he became the first quarterback in NFL history to have three straight 400-yard passing games in a row.
Fitzpatrick would finish the 2018 season with 2366 yards, 17 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions, as well as a 66.7 completion percentage in just seven games of action. His record was 2-5 in those seven games, and Dolphin fans should expect a lot of same from the Harvard man.
At this point, it’s obvious that the Dolphins will be drafting a quarterback of the future in the 2019 draft or in 2020. Reports have come out of Davie, Florida that Tua Tagovailoa is the player the organization has their eyes on in next year’s draft but plan are always subject to change.
As far as the 2019 draft is concerned, the Dolphins now have the leverage to go a lot of directions with the addition of Fitzpatrick. Maybe trade out of the 13th pick for more draft picks, or take a player with the 13th selection that upgrades the very weak offensive or defensive lines the Dolphins have.
Or one that just makes too much sense, With the likelihood of Will Grier falling to the second round, the Dolphins could just select a player has proven to make receiver’s better, is accurate, and played multiple offensive schemes in college.
To select Grier in this draft would allow the organization to focus on rebuilding the rest of the team in the second year of Flores’s tenure. With the large-cap space, the team is predicted to have, as well as take an elite prospect at a skill position that the team should be in the position to take after this season (which should be a poor season).
Thanks to the addition of FitzMagic, the remainder of the draft process becomes a more free-flowing process of decision making, instead of it being one made of pure desperation.