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Report- Dolphins allowing Minkah Fitzpartick to explore trade

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In the aftermath of their embarrassing 59 – 10 loss to the Ravens last Sunday, rumors circulated that veteran Dolphins players we’re looking to leave via trade or release, as soon as possible. Now, comes a report that one of Miami’s young stars also wants out and has apparently been given permission to try to find a team that will trade for him.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported late Thursday night that the 2018 first-round pick defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick has asked to be traded due to what he believes is his misuse in Miami’s defensive scheme:

Mortensen made clear that the Dolphins are not advocating for Fitzpatrick to leave but instead, are willing to let he and his agent Joel Segal explore the possibility. This while Miami holds out hope that they could get their number one pick back in trading Fitzpatrick somewhere else.

Fitzpatrick, the 11th overall pick in 2018, has played four different positions in the defensive backfield including slot corner and both safety positions in the preseason and also in Miami’s opening game loss to Baltimore.

Mortensen further reported that the Dolphins privately were not optimistic in trading Fitzpatrick, because it’s been explored for some time this week. Dolphins coach Brian Flores will meet with the media later on Friday before they host the Patriots Sunday afternoon and will obviously be asked about the trade demand report.

GM Chris Grier was apparently not available for comment Thursday night on Fitzpatrick story, but we already know that he 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.

Back to the second year Fitzpatrick. The fact that Flores, a defensive specialist, and his new defensive coordinator, Patrick Graham, would be willing to allow Grier to trade Fitzpatrick. obviously indicates that they don’t believe he can be a long-term star player in their system.

Otherwise, common sense dictates they would want to hang on to Fitzpatrick, who for this season and the next two years of his rookie deal, is a very affordable player under the cap. He’s making just $1.2 million this year and his deal averages $2.1 million in 2020 and 2021.

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Dolphins reverse course- will start Josh Rosen Sunday

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In a move that fits the pattern of seemingly having no true plan of how to get better and, further being willing to change or get rid of personnel on any whim, coach Brian Flores and the Dolphins have done “a 180 turn,” and will now start second-year quarterback Josh Rosen in Dallas Sunday.

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport had the news first Thursday afternoon,

After being adamant for the last three days the team would continue to start veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, even after two dismal games where the Dolphins lost by a combined score of 102 – 10, Flores and the organization have obviously decided that now is the time to see what Rosen can do.

We at F.F.I. called for this move on Monday, as Miami’s offense could be truly no worse than what it has looked like in the losses to Baltimore and the Patriots at home.

And sooner or later you have to give Rosen an extended look to find out, if he has some promise to be a quarterback of the future or at least, part of the mix as a backup etc., for 2020 and 2021.

Clearly, Miami is doing everything they can to lose every possible game they can and get their best draft position in 2020.

To that end, the Dolphins traded 2018 first round pick defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday acquiring their number one pick. This added on to the blockbuster trade of left tackle Laremy Tunsil and wide receiver Kenny Stills where the Dolphins acquired the Texans number one and number two picks this year and their first round pick next year.

The Dolphins stuck Rosen in Sunday’s disaster with New England with nine minutes to go and trailing 43-0 and he threw 18 passes, completing only seven and also had an INT while being sacked three times. Rosen even managed to roll his ankle, but kept playing, but only in worthless garbage time.

Rosen, who was acquired in an April draft night trade with Arizona, was 3-10 last year as a starter with only a 55% completion percentage and 11 touchdowns vs. 14 interceptions with the Cards.

Now, considerably handicapped on offense without Tunsil and Stills, etc., we will see what the former UCLA first round pick can do against the formidable Cowboys.

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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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