Should the Detroit Lions consider bringing in journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick?
5. Ryan Fitzpatrick
Ryan Fitzpatrick is a true NFL journeyman, but he has yet to make a stop in the Motor City.
Fitzpatrick is currently 38-years-old and has started for eight different teams during his 16-year career.
Given his age, he may be the perfect fit to lead the Lions for a season or two.
Fitzpatrick is an unrestricted free agent in 2021 and appears to want to field offers outside of the Miami Dolphins, who appear ready to keep moving forward with Tua Tagovailoa.
Fitzpatrick started the season as the Dolphins’ starter before being fired (his words, not mine) in favor of the fifth-overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
He was brought in off the bench when the rookie signal-caller struggled in Week 11 and started in Week 12 while Tagovailoa healed from a thumb injury.
In all honesty, Fitzpatrick appeared to give the surprisingly competitive Dolphins the best chance to win as they made their playoff push.
He may only have a year or two left under his belt as a player, but there’s no doubt about it — he can still get the job done. He wants to start in his remaining years, and the Lions can likely offer him that opportunity in 2021.
It seems as though he did a good job mentoring Tagovailoa in Miami, and Detroit will be looking for him to do the same if he is indeed brought in for the job with the Lions. I think it’s a great fit and one of the more realistic moves available for general manager Brad Holmes and new head coach Dan Campbell.
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