Ryan Fitzpatrick is not quite ready to hang 'em up just yet.
The 38-year-old journeyman quarterback said on “The Pat McAfee Show” on Tuesday that he hopes to still be playing in the 2021 season – which is shaping up to potentially be a quarterback carousel across the league.
“This offseason, we already saw it with [Jared] Goff and [Matthew] Stafford obviously,” he said. “Who knows what’s going to happen with Deshaun [Watson]. There’s rumors everywhere in the quarterback market, but there are a lot of teams looking for a new quarterback or new quarterbacks. For me, personally, I have to take every offseason and reassess. These last two years have really re-lit that fire under me, and I still want to play and I enjoy being out there playing.”
Fitzpatrick has spent the last two seasons with the Miami Dolphins, where he spent this past season serving as a mentor for rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
After a Week 6 win for Miami over the New York Jets, Fitzpatrick was benched for the fifth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. However, the Alabama product was inconsistent, at times, and was also dealing with a thumb injury that allowed the veteran to step back onto the field in Weeks 11, 12 and led the Dolphins to a win off the bench in Week 16.
There was a chance he would have started Miami's Week 17 matchup with his former team, the Buffalo Bills, with an opportunity to send the Dolphins to the playoffs. However, Fitzpatrick tested positive for COVID-19 and Tagovailoa got the start.
The Dolphins ended up losing the game, 56-26, and finished on the outside looking in of the playoffs with a 10-6 record.
Where Fitzpatrick could land is anyone’s guess. When asked if he would play for the New England Patriots, a team Stafford reportedly requested not to be traded to, Fitzpatrick joked that he “can’t be as picky as Matt Stafford.”
They are the only AFC East team he has not played for, so who knows?
Fitzpatrick is officially set to become an unrestricted free agent at the start of the new league year on March 17.