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Dolphins’ plan to find a franchise QB: 2019 or 2020 NFL draft?

Get ready for FitzMagic in Miami next season — a high-risk, high-reward offense that could create excitement for a rebuilding team unlikely to contend for the playoffs or even reach .500.

Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Miami Dolphins know their recent pairing is just a mutually beneficial, shotgun marriage with a quick expiration date. They seem accepting of their roles in each other’s lives and eager to maximize their time together.

Fitzpatrick’s signing this week doesn’t fill the gaping hole at quarterback. It has been an NFL-record 23 seasons since a Dolphins quarterback, Dan Marino in 1995, was selected to the Pro Bowl. Fitzpatrick is set to become the 20th starting quarterback in Miami since Marino retired in 1999.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

Fitzpatrick is satisfied with the chance to start, and he isn’t worried about the rest — a good sign that Miami picked the right veteran to handle its fluid situation.6

“I’m going to come in from day one and act like and be the starting quarterback for this organization until they tell me that I’m not,” Fitzpatrick said. “I know that this is the NFL, which means that nothing is promised.”

The Dolphins will almost certainly try to select their future franchise quarterback in the 2019 or 2020 draft. The lingering questions are which year and which player.

By the conclusion of next month’s draft, in which Miami has the 13th overall pick and enough assets to trade up if needed, we should have clarity.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

The “tank for Tua” train is already moving full-steam, with many fans expecting Miami to pursue a historically bad 2019 season in hopes of drafting Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa in 2020.

The idea of tanking seems shaky because the NFL isn’t the NBA. But the Dolphins are doing things differently — essentially buying draft picks by eating money on their players’ deals before trading them. We saw this with quarterback Ryan Tannehill last week, and it will likely be the template if defensive end Robert Quinn is traded.

“We’re not trying to tank or lose every game,” general manager Chris Grier said at the NFL scouting combine. “We’re trying to build it right and see how it plays out.

“I don’t make any judgments on any [draft] classes until we really sit down and get to know the players first.”