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QB Ryan Fitzpatrick retiring after 17 years playing for nine NFL teams

Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, 39,  is retiring from the NFL after 17 seasons in the league. Fitzpatrick played for nine NFL teams — he began his career as a seventh-round draft pick of the St. Louis Rams in 2005, and went on to play for the Bengals, Bills, Titans, Texans, Jets, Buccaneers, Dolphins, Washington Football Team. In 17 seasons, he threw for 34,990 yards with 223 touchdowns passes and 169 interceptions resulting in an 82.3 career passer rating. He spent the most of his time with the Bills from 2009-2012, with his best season coming with the Jets in 2015 where he threw for 3,905 yards with 31 TDs and 15 interceptions as New York finished the season at 10-6.  He also received the nickname “Fitzmagic” after a Week 1 win against the Saints in the Superdome in 2017.

Fitzgerald signed a one-year, $10 million deal with Washington in March 2021.  He entered last season as the starter in Washington, but suffered a season-ending hip subluxation in the second quarter of Washington’s season-opening loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in September and had to undergo arthroscopic surgery. Fitzpatrick was a free agent after his deal with Washington expired.

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