Fitzpatrick comes back to the AFC
Veteran quarterback signs with Dolphins
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.