5 Teams That Could Pursue Dolphins' Minkah Fitzpatrick

John Healy
September 13, 2019 - 1:35 pm

Following a 59-10 Week 1 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, several Miami Dolphins reportedly requested to be traded. Well, it appears that wish is about to be granted for one player.

The Dolphins have granted permission to 22-year-old cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick to seek a trade, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

Fitzpatrick, the Dolphins’ 2018 first-round draft pick, is reportedly unhappy playing multiple positions. The team is seeking a first-round pick in return, per Mortensen.

While the price tag is currently high, Fitzpatrick would be a significant addition to several teams looking to bolster its secondary. Here is a look at which teams make sense to trade for Fitzpatrick:

New York Giants

It’s hard to imagine many teams more desperate for defense help than the New York Giants. The Giants llowed Dak Prescott to throw for 405 yards and four touchdowns in the opening game. Fitzpatrick could play either nickelback or safety and would likely fill a void left by Landon Collins as someone who could be used for a little bit of everything. The Giants are a rebuilding team, but Fitzpatrick could be a piece they build around.

Minkah Fitzpatrick warms up with the Dolphins.

Philadelphia Eagles

GM Howie Roseman has had his pulse all over the trade market leading up to the season, including Melvin Gordon, LeSean McCoy and Jadeveon Clowney, but has yet to go through with any deals. The Eagles are a win-now team that could use some depth in its secondary, especially after digging themselves an early 17-0 deficit against the Washington Redskins last week. Fitzpatrick can be used in the slot or at safety with Philadelphia, but WIP's Eliot Shorr-Parks noted that he could be their starting corner opposite Ronald Darby. Oh, and if we want to look at where Fitzpatrick may want to play, he did grow up an Eagles fan.

Dallas Cowboys

Jerry Jones proved last year he is not afraid to give up a first-round pick for a trade, but could he possibly do it again two years in a row? Perhaps he could do it without giving up a first-rounder. Several NFL writers have pointed out that defensive end Taco Charlton is not happy in Dallas and could be an ideal trade piece for Fitzpatrick. Pairing him with perhaps a second- or third-round pick could just be enough to entice the Dolphins.

Kansas City Chiefs

We know the Chiefs can put up points, but their defense could use some help. They added Tyrann Mathieu and Morris Claiborne will eventually be back after his suspension, but Fitzpatrick is versatile and a team competing for a Super Bowl like the Chiefs could never have too many playmakers on defense. An aggressive pursuit to add Fitzpatrick could be a crucial move in positioning the Chiefs as the AFC favorite.

Chicago Bears

The Bears already have a dominant defense led by pass rusher Khalil Mack, and adding a first-round talent to their secondary would make them that much better. He would join a secondary with other Alabama defensive backs Eddie Jackson and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. It’s not a pressing need for the Bears, though, and depending what Miami wants in return it may steer the Bears away.

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