There’s no doubt BYU quarterback Zach Wilson is rising up draft boards, but as talented as he is, the odds that the Jacksonville Jaguars will take Trevor Lawrence with the first overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft are close to 100 percent. Regardless of whom the Jags choose with the top pick, they must consider bringing in a veteran signal-caller to serve as a mentor and Ryan Fitzpatrick will arguably be the best one in the open market.
Not long ago, John Clayton of 104.3 The Fan reported it looked like Fitzpatrick would retire this offseason. However, the veteran quarterback he plans to play, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. Moreover, he wants to compete for the chance to start, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.
Fitzpatrick signed a two-year $11 million contract with the Miami Dolphins in 2019 but it’s unlikely he will return and will test the free-agent market instead. During his two-year stint with the Phins, the Harvard product appeared in 24 games, with 20 starts, and showed he can still play at a high level.
While Alex Smith has been touted as a potential veteran mentor for the Jaguars’ next franchise quarterback, it makes way more sense to pursue ‘Fitzmagic’ in free agency and here are a couple reasons why.