Wednesday, 03 June, 2020

Is embattled Dolphins CB Minkah Fitzpatrick a fit for the Seahawks?

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Cary Erickson | 19 September, 2019, 19:11

The Pittsburgh Steelers acquired defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick from the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a 2020 first-round pick.

Fitzpatrick was reportedly granted the right to seek a trade away from the team last week, and the latest news from Armando Salguero states that three mystery teams are in on a trade for the former first round pick.

The Packers nearly certainly still like the player. Fitzpatrick would be a flawless fit to play in the slot in Pettine's defense, and he'd immediately become one of the best players in the secondary.

Fitzpatrick joined the Dolphins as the 11th selection in the 2018 NFL Draft after earning consensus All-American recognition as a safety in consecutive seasons at Alabama. Already devoid of viable National Football League starting talent at several positions, the Dolphins are now showing a willingness to part with their better players in order to assure the tank job is successful. Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters are both free agents in 2020, and Nickell Robey-Coleman will also hit the market in 2021. Which teams will be interested and who'll end up with the defensive back? That gives the Rams four years of control (including this season) at a very reasonable price. The contract also includes a fifth-year option.

That's nothing compared to what other cornerbacks are making, especially if/when a new CBA comes. Unfortunately, the Bears don't have a first-round pick they can dangle in a Fitzpatrick trade.

Bringing on a young, talented safety like Fitzpatrick would only benefit the Rams even more for the long run to make sure the team continues to be a major threat in the NFC for years to come. They do not have Justin Simmons or Will Parks under contract for 2020. Early reports suggested that Miami is looking for a first-round pick, but could settle for a second-round pick if their leverage is exhausted. Let's play Devil's avocado (as CBS Sports' Will Brinson likes to say on the popular Pick Six podcast) and look back to those Browns. They have Talib and Peters starting outside, with Robey-Coleman as the nickel corner.

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The Seahawks might consider Fitzpatrick as a safety, which raises its own questions - at which spot, and alongside who?

It'd likely be Robey-Coleman, as hard as that is to say.

Regarding Fitzpatrick's alleged preference for playing one or two positions, I'm not buying it.

His instincts, athleticism and playmaking ability are all excellent, especially for a second-year player.

But what would it cost the Saints to acquire Fitzpatrick? Not because Fitzpatrick is a bad teammate, but because of the dynamic it would create in the secondary with a starter needing to be demoted.

But again, the long-term benefits far outweigh the short-term downsides with a player like him.