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Dolphins meeting with Teddy Bridgewater Wednesday night

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The Dolphins search for veteran quarterback has taken an interesting turn on Wednesday evening. This as Miami is apparently focused on South Florida native and former Vikings starter turned Saints backup, Teddy Bridgewater.

Ben Volin of the Boston Globe had the info out first on Wednesday afternoon that Bridgewater would be coming to South Florida to meet with the Dolphins:

Bridgewater has had an odyssey from both a serious injury and a football-playing standpoint. He suffered a serious knee injury in a non-contact situation during a Vikings practice leading up to the 2016 season. Bridgewater missed all of that year after reconstructive surgery.

He eventually returned to the Vikings, as a backup, during their 2017 playoff run, which was led by Case Keenum. Bridgewater was then signed by the New York Jets as a free agent last March, but ultimately traded to the Saints as a backup for Drew Brees.

So, he hasn’t really played meaningful football in going on three seasons, but it’s believed he’s fully healed and maybe a very viable option for the Dolphins. His best season was 2015, when he went 11-5 throwing for 3,200 yards and 14 TDs.

Bridgewater is a Miami native and a Northwestern High School star, who later excelled at Louisville before being drafted by the Vikings.

The Dolphins are ramping up their pursuit of Bridgewater after another possible veteran option, Tyrod Taylor is now off the market. Taylor, who quarterbacked the Cleveland Browns for part of last year before being benched, but also is the former Bills starter, ended up signing with the LA Chargers on Wednesday.

Taylor will now back up Philip Rivers for an L.A. team that made the playoffs last season.

Miami is expected to release starter but off injured quarterback Ryan Tannehill with his large $19 million 2018 price tag at some point soon. Besides Tannehill, the Dolphins don’t currently have an experienced NFL QB, who has started games, on their roster.

Bridgewater made $5 million as the Saints backup last year, and would see a hefty raise, if he’s lured.

The Dolphins confirmed that their meeting with Bridgewater took place Wednesday night, but he didn’t agree to a deal. At least, yet:

And now, we’ll see how good GM Chris Grier and new coach Brian Flores are at a sales job to convince Bridgewater to sign with them vs. anyone else he might talk to or the Saints?

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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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