The Miami Dolphins suffered one of the most one-sided losses in Week 1 history when they lost their season opener 59-10 to the Baltimore Ravens. Following their dreadful performance, a number of Dolphins requested to be traded and now, they’ve granted one of their brightest young players permission to seek a deal on his own.
Miami has reportedly allowed versatile defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick to seek a trade after he requested to be moved earlier in the week. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Fitzpatrick has actually wanted out of Miami since training camp, when problems arose around what type of role the second-year man would play in their gameplan.
From @gmfb: Building off @TomPelissero's report that #Dolphins S Minkah Fitzpatrick was given permission to seek a trade, a look at where things stand ?? pic.twitter.com/hV83w90Y3m
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 13, 2019
In just one short season, Minkah Fitzpatrick has already proven his value to a defensive unit with his ability to slot in at multiple positions. Last year, Fitzpatrick switched between free safety and the slot cornerback and perhaps this instability is what pushed the Alabama product to seek a trade.
With Fitzpatrick now on the market and looking for a new team, there should be a number of suitors involved. However it doesn’t look like a trade is necessarily imminent, as all signs point to Fitzpatrick being active and playing a big role in Miami’s Week 2 game against New England.
But if Fitzpatrick does end up getting dealt, teams in desperate need of secondary help such as the Eagles, Steelers, Raiders, Seahawks or Jets could all be viable potential landing spots. For Miami, losing a young player of Fitzpatrick’s caliber will only set back their rebuild even further as they look towards the future.