NFL Update: Trade Talk

Brandon Fowlis, staff writer

Recently, the Miami Dolphins dealt star Defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Steelers for a 2020 first round pick. The Dolphins also received Pittsburgh’s 2020 5th round pick and a sixth rounder in 2021. In turn, the Steelers received Miami’s fourth round pick in 2020 and a seventh round pick in 2021.

“We are very excited to add Minkah to our defense,” Steelers General Manager and Vice President Kevin Colbert commented on the trade. “We had him rated very high during the 2018 NFL draft process and we thought that he could be an impact player in this league.”

Fitzpatrick, the 11th overall pick in the 2018 draft, requested a trade after their 59-10 week one loss to Baltimore. Fitzpatrick received permission to seek a trade earlier last week. When asked about the trade prior to Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots, Fitzpatrick declined.

“I can’t focus on this trade, and this and that,” Fitzpatrick told reporters. “I’m focused on Sunday. I’ve got to focus on the New England Patriots.”

Fitzpatrick, who is only 22, strengthens the Steelers’ defensive backs which includes Joe Haden, Steven Nelson, and Terrel Edmunds.

The trade brings good news for both teams. Earlier Monday, Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlinson announced that quarterback Ben Roethlesberger would be out the rest of the season with an elbow injury. Minkah Fitzpatrick comes at a cheap cost.  His contract only carries a salary of $1.8 million this year, followed by salaries of $1.9 million and $2.7 million, plus a fifth-year option in 2022. Last season Fitzpatrick had 2 interceptions and 80 tackles. This year he has a total of 12 tackles and a forced fumble through two games.

However, the Dolphins add more picks to their collection. The Steelers first rounder has a 29 percent chance of becoming a top five pick and a 62 percent chance of being a top 10 pick. Miami, who are predicted by analysts to join the Lions and Browns as the only teams to go 0-16, is in what looks like a long rebuild. Miami who has been seemingly trading away star players like Laremy Tunsil, Kenny Stills, Kiki Alonso for picks.

Fitzpatrick wasn’t the only defensive back in the state of Florida to request a trade. Jalen Ramsey also requested a trade from the Jaguars. The Steelers defense will profit with the addition of the young defensive back. The Steelers will struggle without their star quarterback. The Dolphins add a first rounder and a few other picks to their collection of 2020 picks.