Fitz­patrick comes back to the AFC

Vet­eran quar­ter­back signs with Dol­phins

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The Mi­ami Dol­phins re­port­edly signed 36-year-old quar­ter­back Ryan Fitz­patrick to a two-year deal on Sun­day, two days after trad­ing Ryan Tan­nehill to the Ten­nessee Ti­tans.

The jour­ney­man Fitz­patrick joins his third AFC East or­ga­ni­za­tion and eighth team over­all. He played pre­vi­ously in the AFC East as a starter with the Buf­falo Bills (2009-12) and the New York Jets (2015-16). His best sea­son was with New York in 2015 when he went 10-6 and set ca­reer highs in pass­ing yards (3,905) and touch­downs (31).

ESPN’s Adam Schefter re­ported the deal was worth $11 mil­lion, with in­cen­tives that could boost the to­tal to $17 to $20 mil­lion.

The Dol­phins are hop­ing for some “Fitz­magic” in South Beach. Last sea­son with Tampa Bay, Fitz­patrick made head­lines by be­com­ing the first player in NFL his­tory to throw for 400-plus yards in three con­sec­u­tive games.

While jug­gling the Buc­ca­neers’ start­ing job with Jameis Win­ston, Fitz­patrick fin­ished the sea­son with a 2-5 record. He com­pleted 66.7 per­cent of his passes for 2,366 yards, 17 touch­downs and 12 in­ter­cep­tions.

Fitz­patrick be­gan his ca­reer with the then-St. Louis Rams (2005-06) and has also played for the Cincin­nati Ben­gals (2007-08), Ten­nessee Ti­tans (2013) and Hous­ton Tex­ans (2014).

Man­ning gets ros­ter bonus

The New York Gi­ants paid vet­eran quar­ter­back Eli Man­ning a $5 mil­lion ros­ter bonus that was due Satur­day, vir­tu­ally as­sur­ing he will re­main with the Gi­ants in 2019.

If the Gi­ants were to change their mind and re­lease the 38-year-old Man­ning, they would lose that money plus $6.2 mil­lion in dead salary cap space.

The Gi­ants have the Nos. 6 and 17 over­all picks in next month’s NFL draft, and are ex­pected to take a QB in the first round.

Sweat has heart con­di­tion

Highly re­garded de­fen­sive end Mon­tez Sweat was dis­cov­ered to have a pre-ex­ist­ing heart con­di­tion at the re­cent NFL Scout­ing Com­bine, NFL. com re­ported Sun­day.

Sweat’s con­di­tion wasn’t pub­licly known prior to the com­bine. Doctors de­ter­mined his con­di­tion to be lowrisk, ac­cord­ing to NFL.com, and al­lowed Sweat to par­tic­i­pate.

Sweat ran a blaz­ing 4.41-sec­ond, 40-yard dash at the com­bine, top­ping the pre­vi­ous mark for a de­fen­sive line­man shared by North Carolina State’s Manny Law­son (2006) and Isaac Hil­ton from Hamp­ton (2004). The per­for­mance el­e­vated him into con­tention to be a pos­si­ble Top 10 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

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