Fitzmagic to Miami: Dolphins sign QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

Ryan Fitzpatrick signs a two-year deal with the Miami Dolphins (AP Photo/Mike McCarn).

Ryan Fitzpatrick will stay in the Sunshine State in 2019.

The Dolphins signed the former Buccaneers QB to a two-year, $11 million deal Sunday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Fitzpatrick’s contract features incentives that can increase the deal to $17 million-$20 million, Schefter reports.

Fitzpatrick, 36, played in eight games and had seven starts in 2018 — throwing for 2,366 yards, 17 touchdowns and 12 interceptions with the Buccaneers. In fact, Fitzpatrick played at a high level from Weeks 1 to 3 — leading the Buccaneers to huge victories over the New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles while starter Jameis Winston served a three-game suspension. Fitzpatrick also became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 400 yards in three consecutive games. Unfortunately, he finished with a 2-5 record.

Now, Fitzpatrick will go to a Dolphins team that doesn’t have a clear-cut starter at quarterback. Miami traded Ryan Tannehill to the Titans on Friday — leaving a huge hole at quarterback. And before Miami signed Fitzpatrick, Jake Rudock and Luke Falk were the only quarterbacks on the roster.

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MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 9: Adam Butler #70 of the New England Patriots pursues Kenyan Drake #32 of the Miami Dolphins as eh runs for the game winning touchdown during an NFL game on December 9, 2018 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Dolphins defeated the Patriots 34-33. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 9: Rob Gronkowski #87 and J.C. Jackson #27 of the New England Patriots are unable to stop Kenyan Drake #32 of the Miami Dolphins from scoring the winning touchdown during an NFL game on December 9, 2018 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Dolphins defeated the Patriots 34-33. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 9: Kenyan Drake #32 of the Miami Dolphins breaks the tackle by Kyle Van Noy #53 of the New England Patriots to run for the winning touchdown during an NFL game on December 9, 2018 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Dolphins defeated the Patriots 34-33. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 9: Kenyan Drake #32 of the Miami Dolphins eludes the attempted tackles by J.C. Jackson #27 and Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots to score the winning touchdown during an NFL game on December 9, 2018 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Dolphins defeated the Patriots 34-33. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 9: Adam Butler #70 of the New England Patriots pursues Kenyan Drake #32 of the Miami Dolphins as eh runs for the game winning touchdown during an NFL game on December 9, 2018 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Dolphins defeated the Patriots 34-33. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake (32) runs for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Dolphins defeated the Patriots 34-33. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake (32) scores to defeat the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald via AP)
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Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake (32) runs for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Dolphins defeated the Patriots 34-33. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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The Dolphins, who finished 7-9 in 2018, hold the No. 13 pick in the 2019 NFL draft — so you can expect them to find their franchise quarterback there. Of course, Fitzpatrick will have a strong veteran presence in the locker room and could mentor the young signal-caller.

Fitzaptrick, a 14-year pro, is a journeyman quarterback who played for the Rams, Bengals, Bills, Titans, Texans, and Jets. He has registered 29,357 passing yards, 190 touchdowns, and 148 interceptions in his career.

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