Bengals News: Former Cincy QB Ryan Fitzpatrick retires after 17 years

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

Bengals news revolves around a former quarterback for the organization who, after 17 years in the league, is calling it a career. Enjoy retirement, Ryan Fitzpatrick!

In 2007, the Cincinnati Bengals traded for Harvard product Ryan Fitzpatrick. At the time, Fitzpatrick wasn’t a big name. He had spent two seasons in St. Louis with the Rams, who drafted him in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft. During his two years with the Rams, Fitzpatrick appeared in five games.

When he was brought into Cincinnati, the Bengals had Carson Palmer as their starting quarterback. He started all 16 games in the ’07 season but only started four games the following year. Fitzpatrick stepped in as a starter that season, throwing for 1,905 yards, eight touchdowns, and nine interceptions through 13 games and 12 starts. He went 4-7-1 as a starter.

After that season, Fitzpatrick signed with the Bills where he spent the next four years of his career. After his Buffalo tenure was complete, he mostly did one or two-year stints with teams, playing for the Titans, Texans, Jets, Buccaneers, Dolphins, and Washington. He only played one game with Washington before getting injured and that turned out to be the final game of his pro career.

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Fitzpatrick isn’t remembered for his Bengals career but fans can still remember that 2008 season when he was thrust into action after Palmer went down. At the time, Fitzpatrick was only 25 years old and no one thought he’d go on to put together a 17-year career that spanned over nine NFL teams.

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For what it’s worth, Fitzpatrick is still 14th all-time in passing yards for the Cincinnati Bengals so he’s left a small mark on the organization. Enjoy retirement, Fitzmagic.