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2019 tanking already? Dolphins lose OT James to Broncos

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Almost everyone knew that the Miami Dolphins were in the rebuild mode after firing coach Adam Gase and then, hiring first-time head coach Brian Flores for the Patriots. Now, the reality is setting in that the Dolphins may very well be playing 2019 for their future.

After having to release receiver Danny Amendola for salary cap reasons and likely declining the option on former # 1 pick receiver DeVante Parker later on Tuesday, clearly Miami’s offense is in the “rebuild mode.”

And another indication of that was, when they allowed former starting offensive tackle Ja’Wuan James to leave via free agency late Monday night to the Denver Broncos:

Miami has salary cap issues and could not come up with anything close to the $13 million dollar per year price tag that James got from the Broncos, including $32 million guaranteed. While James started 62 games in his five years after being drafted in the first round, the Fins were probably better off letting him go for that price.

And, now with the team likely set to release quarterback Ryan Tannehill and simply start over with a veteran backup or a rookie that they draft in April, the question becomes: are the Dolphins simply “treading water” and willing to have a bad season in 2019, to reload with the cap and young players for next year?

Two points.

One, teams often have to be bad for a year or two to rebuild, especially with the youth movement through the draft and their salary cap repair. Miami needs both of those.

The second point is GM Chris Grier and the new coaching staff aren’t ever going to come out and admit that they’re willing to take the pain of a bad 2019 season to be better significantly in 2020 and beyond.

Yes, Miami has young players like RB Kenyan Drake, LT Laremy Tunsil and safeties Xavien Howard and Minkah Fitzpatrick to build on, but there are still many more holes.

So we will have to sit back and watch their actions on what quarterback they are able to obtain. Will there be a proven NFL name that they can sign or make a modest trade for? Is there more wide receiver help on the way for Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant? Will there be another veteran player on either side of the ball sacrificed for the salary cap shortly?

All of those questions remain unanswered, as Miami tries to figure out how to get back to being a playoff team like they were three seasons ago.

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Dolphins trade Minkah Fitzpatrick to Steelers

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The Dolphins remained true to their “lose at all costs” mentality for 2019, as they dealt last season’s #1 pick, DB Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Steelers on Monday night.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first with the news, including what Pittsburgh would be dealing in return:

As we wrote earlier Monday night, Fitzpatrick has been disgruntled in Miami just two horrible games into their season and was given permission to seek a trade last week. Apparently, Pittsburgh came up with the best offer, first, to get the former Alabama All American.

Fitzpatrick, who the Dolphins took with the 11th overall pick in the 2018 draft, is disgruntled in part, because of the Dolphins “veteran purge” that has gone all in all offseason, stripping them of experienced talent everywhere. He further has been unhappy with new head coach Brian Flores and defensive coordinator, Patrick Graham, moving him to different positions all over the defensive secondary in the preseason and the first two games of the year.

Fitzpatrick started and played significantly in most of Fins Sunday blowout loss to the Patriots 43-0 that dropped them to a dismal looking 0-2. And Pro Football Focus gave him a decent grade for Sunday:

GM Chris Grier continues to stock pile draft picks for the “named players” on his roster. This included the huge deal trading of starting LT Laremy Tunsil and WR Kenny Stills on the eve of the season to the Houston Texans. Miami got the Texans next two #1 picks and their second rounder in 2021 in that deal.

The acquiring of the Steelers first rounder gives Miami three opening round picks now in next April’s draft.

Reportedly, the teams are also swapping fourth (Miami’s) and fifth round picks in 2020 and sixth (Pittsburgh’s) and seventh rounders in 2021, as part of the deal.

Grier had been busy getting rid of other veterans in the off season. This also included dealing players like QB Ryan Tannehill and DE Robert Quinn in March, veteran WR Danny Amendola being cut after just one season in Miami and Pro Bowl DE Cam Wake being allowed to walk away in free agency.

In addition to trading Tunsil and Stills, Grier dealt his most productive tackler the last three years, Kiko Alonso, to the Saints at the end of preseason, too.

Intriguingly, the Steelers, and Fitzpatrick, will host the Dolphins on Monday Night Football on October 28th.

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Report- Dolphins could have Minkah Fitzpatrick deal by Tuesday

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With the Dolphins season having already unraveled in just two games, it looks like their number one pick from a year ago is going to get his wish and be somewhere else, shortly.

This after a report Tuesday night from CBS NFL Insider, Jason La Canfora, that multiple teams have been engaged in trade talks with the Dolphins about DB Minkah Fitzpatrick and the team believes they will have a trade partner by Tuesday at the latest:

Fitzpatrick, who the Dolphins took with the 11th overall pick in the 2018 draft, is disgruntled in part, because of the Dolphins “veteran purge” that has gone all in all offseason, stripping them of experienced talent everywhere. He further has been unhappy with new head coach Brian Flores and defensive coordinator, Patrick Graham, moving him to different positions all over the defensive secondary in the preseason and the first two games of the year.

Fitzpatrick started and played significantly in most of Fins Sunday blowout loss to the Patriots 43-0 that dropped them to a dismal looking 0-2. And Pro Football focus gave him a decent grade for Sunday:

Reports surfaced last week that Fitzpatrick had asked for a trade, and the team had granted his agent permission to seek a trade with another club. However, Miami was demanding at least a first-round pick and probably more in return.

GM Chris Grier  dealt away fourth-year prize left tackle, Laremy Tunsil and veteran speedster wide receiver, Kenny Stills in a blockbuster trade in late August with the Houston Texans. Miami got  a pair of number one picks and a number two selection in the swap.

Grier and Flores have systematically rid themselves of veterans with significant salaries during the off season and preseason. This includes players like QB Ryan Tannehill and DE Robert Quinn being dealt in March, veteran WR Danny Amendola being cut after just one season in Miami and Pro Bowl DE Cam Wake being allowed to walk away in free agency.

In addition to trading Tunsil and Stills, Grier dealt his most productive tackler the last three years, Kiko Alonso, to the Saints at the end of preseason, too.

Three of the teams that La Canfora mentions are in the NFC East and are all playing the Dolphins. This includes, Miami playing at the Cowboys Sunday and the Redskins on October 13th.

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