Dec 1, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) scrambles with the ball during the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Washington Football Team has agreed with free-agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick that to a one-year deal worth $10 million. Schefter adds that the contract could grow up to $12 million with incentives, and that Fitzpatrick is expected to enter training camp as Washington’s starting quarterback ahead of Taylor Heinicke.

So, it seems quite likely that the 38-year-old Fitzpatrick will enter the 2021 NFL season as a starting quarterback.

Fitzpatrick threw 13 touchdowns passes and eight interceptions, to go with a 95.6 passer rating for the Miami Dolphins in 2020. He led the Dolphins to a 4-3 record in his seven games started, and played in nine games. He looked like Miami’s best quarterback last season, but the organization wanted to accelerate the development of 2020 first-round pick Tua Tagovailoa, which led to Fitzpatrick not playing as much as many evaluators thought he should have.

Heinicke impressed in one game for Washington in 2020. But he’s a 28-year-old who has attempted 77 passes in his career (with a 71.7 passer rating).

Washington needed to add more certainty at the position (if they weren’t going to draft a quarterback), and they’ve done that with the Fitzpatrick move. If the Fitzmagic can return for one more season, Washington — who has an impressive, improving defense led by Chase Young — can be a dangerous team in the very winnable NFC East.

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