Report: Ryan Fitzpatrick expected to garner interest from other teams in free agency

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Miami Dolphins veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick reportedly is expected to garner interest from other teams in free agency.

The Dolphins benched Fitzpatrick for rookie Tua Tagovailoa this season, but the veteran apparently played well enough for other teams to think that he could help them in 2021.

“The other element of the QB room, assuming Tagovailoa returns, is the Dolphins could need a new backup quarterback via the draft or free agency,” ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe wrote. “[Brian] Flores was noncommittal on free-agent veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick returning in 2021 as they aim to center everything around Tagovailoa. Plus, Fitzpatrick should receive free-agency interest from another team as a bridge QB or high-end backup if he decides to play another year.”

Fitzpatrick, 38, could also decide to retire, but if there is major interest in the free agent market, that decision could be a hard one for him to make.

Last season, Fitzpatrick went 4-3 as Miami’s starter.

He threw for 2,091 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions. In addition, Fitzpatrick completed 68.5 percent of his passes.

He also led the Dolphins to a huge comeback win over the Las Vegas Raiders after taking over for Tagovailoa in the second half.

Miami went 10-6 last season, and it seems content with having Tagovailoa as the starter going forward. Where that leaves Fitzpatrick remains to be seen.

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Peter is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he covered the MAAC and college basketball for three years. He has worked for NBC Sports, the Connecticut Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal covering basketball and other major sports. Follow him on Twitter @peterdewey2.