After 17 seasons in the NFL, the veteran has decided to retire. With a career spanning over twenty years and nine different clubs, he went from being drafted in the seventh round to starting at quarterback (Josh McCown, a worthy rival in the journeyman rankings, played for nine teams in his long career but only started for six of them). The extra money he made working on Sundays brought in a little over $82 million.
Fitzpatrick will be remembered as someone who was always good enough but never outstanding. Teams could rely on him as a leader and interim option during rebuilds. Although he was instrumental in turning around teams in Cincinnati, Tampa, and Houston, he never played for a team that made the playoffs in his whole 17-year career.
Even so, Fitzpatrick did his best to make chicken salad out of chicken… things… With a powerful arm and keen field vision, he was widely adored by supporters. His reputation will be as the Great Value alternative to Jay Cutler, but only if that product is vastly favoured to Cutler.
Career of Ryan Fitzpatrick
From his debut year with the St. Louis Rams to his final season in Washington, here is a look back at Fitzpatrick’s career, from Harvard quarterback to NFL veteran.
- 2005-2007: St. Louis Rams
- 2007-2008: Cincinnati Bengals
- 2009-2012: Buffalo Bills
- 2013: Tennessee Titans
- 2014: Houston Texans
- 2015-2016: New York Jets
- 2017-2018: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- 2019-2020: Miami Dolphins
- 2021: Washington Football Team