- Second-year pro, Minkah Fitzpatrick, has asked for a trade following Sunday’s loss to the Ravens.
- The Dolphins were rumored to have multiple players currently looking at trade possibilities.
- The Philadelphia Eagles may be the team to watch as the trade rumors loom.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – It was reported late Thursday night that Minkah Fitzpatrick has indeed asked for a trade from the Dolphins just one week into the season. The move comes as a surprise, but there were rumors shortly after the Baltimore game that said undisclosed Dolphins players were phoning their agents to make a potential trade. Today those rumors ring true per ESPN.
Fitzpatrick, the 11th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, played exceptionally well for the Dolphins last year as a hybrid player in the secondary. He amassed 80 total tackles and two interceptions in the rookie year. So to hear a player this early in his career force a trade - not even two years after being drafted - is worrisome.
Its been well known to many that the overall state of the Dolphins this season is to tank for draft position. While coaches or players would never say this, the way you prepare a team for the season certainly does. Starting a 37-year-old quarterback, trading your starting left tackle and number one wide receiver, and giving up 59 points in the season opener sounds like a team who’s prepared to tank.
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Moving forward to possible suitors for the second-year pro, there’s one team that sticks out that could seriously use Fitzpatrick’s skill set - the Philadelphia Eagles. General Manager Howie Roseman is always looking to upgrade the roster and the Eagles are in a "win now" mode with Carson Wentz back under center.
Adding Fitzpatrick to the mold would solidify the back end of one of the fiercer defenses in the league. Currently, the Eagles have Ronald Darby and Sidney Jones at the cornerback position, but beyond those two the depth gets extremely thin. Minkah would provide essentially a third starting defensive to use all over the field, due to his versatility. Aside from answering a huge problem for the Eagles at cornerback, the addition of Fitzpatrick would greatly help Philly’s odds (-135) at USA online sportsbooks to get a division title and most importantly, a Super Bowl ring (+1000).
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