Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Miami Dolphins are trading second-year DB Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a 2020 first-round pick. Fitzpatrick was selected No. 11 in the 2018 NFL Draft, but was unhappy with his usage and demanded a trade.
Fitzpatrick’s first opponent? The San Francisco 49ers. Fitzpatrick wanted to play in the slot, as opposed to safety. It’ll be interesting to see how the Steelers use him. He’s an up-and-coming young player with all the upside in the world. Seeing him matchup against Deebo Samuel will be fun to watch.
For the Steelers, why? Your 38-year-old quarterback just went down for the season with an injury. You’re 0-2, and the likelihood of that first-rounder you just traded being a top-10 pick is high. This feels like a reach by Mike Tomlin and company. Or at least a prisoner of the moment decision.
I love it for Miami. Fitzpatrick didn’t want to be there, and now the Dolphins have five first-round selections over the next two years. They could get Tua next season, or Trevor Lawrence the following year. You have to hit on the other picks, of course, but it’ll all be judged by how what quarterback they pick.