The Miami Dolphins have found a trade partner for Minkah Fitzpatrick.
The Dolphins are trading Fitzpatrick to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a 2020 first-round pick, ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported.
Steelers are getting: Fitzpatrick, 2020 fourth-round pick, 2021 seventh-round pick
Dolphins get: 2020 first-round pick, 2020 fifth-round pick, 2021 sixth-round pick.
Fitzpatrick made several mistakes in the Dolphins’ Week 1 59-10 ugly loss against Baltimore and then called out his coaches. He has been unhappy with the way he was used; he was asked to play several positions. The Dolphins were said to have allowed Fitzpatrick’s representatives permission to seek a trade and were looking for a first-round pick in return. They got it from Pittsburgh.
One has to wonder about Pittsburgh’s motivation. They are 0-2, look bad this year, and Ben Roethlisberger is out for the season. They could end up with a high draft pick next year and instead have turned it away for Fitzpatrick, who was the No. 11 pick last year.
The Miami Dolphins have given Minkah Fitzpatrick permission to seek a trade, and one team to keep an eye on if talks heat up surrounding the defensive back is the Dallas Cowboys.
Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones was asked on Friday if the team’s brass has had any conversations with the Dolphins in the past 24 hours, and he confirmed that they have. He did not mention Fitzpatrick by name for obvious reasons, but it would not be a surprise if the former Alabama star was the player being discussed.
The Dolphins are open to trading safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, the 11th overall pick in 2018. Cowboys VP Stephen Jones was just asked on @1053thefan if they have had any communication with the Dolphins in the last 24 hours. Jones said “yeah,” but he wouldn’t comment on specifics
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) September 13, 2019
Stephen Jones: “We always, when you hear rumors, you get calls, you have conversations between myself, Jerry, Will. We’re always checking around and seeing what’s going on. … We have a pretty steady diet of visiting with other teams. We’re always trying to improve our roster.” https://t.co/x78UYez2Rb
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) September 13, 2019
Fitzpatrick’s agent, Joel Segal, also represents Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper and defensive end Taco Charlton.
It is hardly a surprise that Fitzpatrick wants to be traded away from the tanking Dolphins, as he called out the team’s coaching staff following Miami’s embarrassing 59-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens last weekend. A recent report indicated several players are looking to be traded away from Miami. Fitzpatrick, who was the No. 11 overall pick in last year’s draft, should have much more trade value than most other players on the Dolphins’ depleted roster.
The Miami Dolphins are tanking this season and traded away many of their good players before Week 1. They apparently are willing to even trade one of their remaining talented players.
The Dolphins have granted Minkah Fitzpatrick permission to seek a trade, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. The Dolphins’ asking price for the safety is said to be high.
The Dolphins have granted permission to DB Minkah Fitzpatrick to seek a trade, according to multiple sources who say Miami's asking price is too high. Dolphins have no comment. Story coming with help from @CameronWolfe
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) September 13, 2019
You could see this coming when Fitzpatrick called out the team’s coaches after the 59-10 Week 1 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The No. 11 overall pick last year, Fitzpatrick was burned in coverage a few times by the Ravens. He had 80 tackles and two interceptions last season.
Barry Jackson says Fitzpatrick is frustrated by the way Miami has used him.
Dolphins made Minkah learn six positions this off-season, including two LB spots. This was so simple: He was best slot CB in league last year. Play him there and some boundary. Coaching staff couldn't do the obvious, and now their 2018 first rounder wants to leave
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) September 13, 2019
A recent report said several players were trying to get traded away from Miami. This report seems to confirm it.
Is Minkah Fitzpatrick trying to get himself traded by the Miami Dolphins?
The No. 11 overall pick by the team last year, Fitzpatrick was burned several times along with the Dolphins’ other defensive backs during the team’s 59-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Fitzpatrick said on Monday that players need to be better, but he also questioned the coaches’ calls.
Minkah Fitzpatrick, on DB issues: "Sometimes we weren't put in the best position, but even still, it's up to the players to make the plays. Coach can call whatever he wants but, like on my play, I wasn't in the best position but I still got to make the play."
— Hal Habib (@gunnerhal) September 9, 2019
Fitzpatrick was flamed on an 83-yard touchdown pass from Lamar Jackson to Hollywood Brown:
damn…:minkah got roasted pic.twitter.com/V9sEEQhT4r
— Dolphin Maven (@MIASportsMaven) September 8, 2019
The Dolphins also had a cross-up on another touchdown pass:
RG3 throwing touchdowns on us. Minkah got picked by a Dolphins player. Is that on scheme? pic.twitter.com/Iv0LDPkhs2
— p a b l o (@PabloGRadio) September 8, 2019
Fitzpatrick had 80 tackles and two interceptions last season. There’s no doubt he would be attractive if he were available in trades, but he and Xavien Howard are probably two players the team deems keepers.
The Dolphins are clearly tanking this season, which has reportedly led many players to seek trades away from the team. Even if they’re intending to have an ugly season, it won’t be easy to endure.
Dede Westbrook had a nice final stat line for the Jacksonville Jaguars in their preseason game against the Miami Dolphins on Thursday. But he did take some punishment in the process.
The third-year wide receiver was absolutely nailed by Dolphins safety Minkah Fitzpatrick while trying to make a catch across the middle of the field:
Minkah Fitzpatrick murdered Dede Westbrook pic.twitter.com/mCIAP6bQfi
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) August 23, 2019
Westbrook bounced back up after that hit, which was completely legal.
Westbrook, a 2017 fourth-round pick, finished with four catches for 29 yards and a touchdown in the game. He looks to build upon last season’s strong showing where he had 63 catches for 707 yards and five touchdowns.
Sorry, Minkah Fitzpatrick, there’s only one Fitzmagic.
Minkah Fitzpatrick just completed his rookie season as a safety for the Miami Dolphins. He tried to fill a trademark with the US Patent & Trademark Office for “Fitzmagic,” but was essentially denied. The reason given is that it creates a false connection because the “Fitzmagic” nickname is strongly associated with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
On New Year's Day, the USPTO denies Mikah Fitzpatrick's trademark application for FITZMAGIC because it creates a "false connection" with Ryan Fitzpatrick.
— Josh Gerben (@JoshGerben) January 3, 2019
Minkah can still respond and appeal the decision if he wants, but he’s facing an uphill battle.
Though Ryan Fitzpatrick was benched by the Buccaneers this season in favor of Jameis Winston, there was still a time early in the year when he was lighting things up and going viral for his swag. People love their Fitzmagic, and they think of the bearded quarterback when they hear the name, not the Dolphins defensive back.
Just because a rookie is selected highly in the NFL Draft doesn’t mean he will be an immediate impact player. Don’t be surprised, for instance, if none of the first-round quarterback selections are starting for their teams in Week 1. That’s not a blanket rule, though — many players will be expected to contribute early and often to their new teams.
There’s a big difference between contributing and excelling, though. Here are ten rookies who have a good chance to do the latter in their rookie seasons.
1) Saquon Barkley, RB, Giants
Barkley is walking into a rather envious position. He’s on a team that still has aspirations of contending. They have a veteran quarterback and an offense where he’ll be expected to have a big role. If you believe the scouting reports on him, he’s as NFL-ready as any draft pick, and he’ll get an immediate chance to show it. It’s an open question whether the Giants will be any good, but whatever they do, Barkley will be at the center of it.
2) Bradley Chubb, EDGE, Broncos
Chubb is another rookie who’s walking into a great situation. Widely considered the best defender in the draft, he’s headed to a Denver team that has prided itself on a strong defense during this recent era of success. He’ll get to learn directly from Von Miller and be part of a fearsome pass rush. A lot of rookies of this caliber go to teams that are otherwise bereft of talent, but that’s not so in Denver. Playing alongside top quality talent could help him develop more quickly.
3) Quenton Nelson, OG, Colts
You may not always notice the rookie guard’s contributions, but they’re going to be immense and immediate. Nelson is more or less assured a starting spot on a Colts offensive line that hasn’t been good. He’s about as NFL-ready as they come in any context. Nelson could be a Pro Bowler very early in his NFL career if things go well. He’s that good already and has that much potential to get even better, and will be afforded every opportunity to.
4) Derwin James, S, Chargers
As long as James is healthy, this could turn out to be the steal of the draft. He’s headed to a team whose defensive coordinator, Gus Bradley, has a history of getting the best out of players like this. James is also a top ten talent who fell further than many expected in the first round. The Florida State product is a skilled and versatile defender who has a very good chance of making a big impact in the NFL from day one.
5) Roquan Smith, LB, Bears
The draft’s best pure linebacker, Smith will be handed a big role immediately in a moribund Chicago defense that is just looking for a spark. Expect him to provide it. The speedy linebacker had 137 total tackles in 2017 and will look to wreck opposing offensive gameplans very quickly as he starts his career. His immense physical tools alone should make him an impact player from day one, and he’s another guy that could contend for some awards early in his career.
6) Denzel Ward, CB, Browns
The Browns received a fair amount of criticism for taking Ward No. 4, which seemed like a reach to some critics. Perhaps it was, but the bottom line is the Browns badly needed help in the secondary and Ward will have the opportunity to prove his worth right away. That’s something that not even the first overall pick Baker Mayfield can bank on. Ward is also a talented young cornerback who can have a long NFL career as a starter, and he’ll be trusted to do the job early on.
7) Vita Vea, DL, Buccaneers
Vea is in a pretty nice situation himself. He’s still a work in progress, but the Washington Huskies product will likely be paired with Gerald McCoy up front. He’ll be told to use his physical gifts to stuff the run, and he’ll probably be good at it. He has room for improvement, but Vea should be an impact player on the defensive line from day one. Being paired with an accomplished veteran who can help cover some of his flaws and spotlight what he’s good at should make him look even better.
8) Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Dolphins
The rookie from Alabama is so versatile that it’s a question of where the Dolphins will utilize him, not when. Fitzpatrick can play pretty much anywhere within the secondary. He can cover in the slot, roam as a safety, and he can even get after the quarterback as a blitzer. He may not defend the top target on any other team, but Fitzpatrick is certainly good enough to walk into the NFL and cover slot receivers at worst.
9) Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Bills
Edmunds is another player whose combination of speed and versatility will ensure that he has a spot on the field somewhere. He finished last season with 109 tackles and 5.5 sacks, and it’s fair to say that the Bills will be looking for the linebacker to mature into something similar at the NFL level as well. He can play on the edge or on the inside, and the Bills will look to find a spot for him early so he can wreak havoc on opposing defenses.
10) Michael Gallup, WR, Cowboys
Unlike the rest of the players on this list, Gallup was not a first-round pick, and he’s flying under the radar. However, the wide receiver is going to have opportunities that even he may not have envisioned when the Cowboys selected him in the third round. Dez Bryant was released, Jason Witten has retired, and Dak Prescott is going to need to find targets somewhere. That could be Gallup, a rookie with very good speed and size who could have a significant early role in the Dallas offense as it moves into a new era post-Bryant and Witten.