With the Miami Dolphins amid a full-blown rebuild, the team has been on a mission to swap their most talented players in exchange for draft capital and cap flexibility. In a bit of a surprise move, however, it has been reported that the team is allowing Minkah Fitzpatrick, a former No. 11 overall pick in 2018, to seek a trade. It’s not often such a talented player becomes available, and the Pittsburgh Steelers must do everything possible to land the former Alabama star.
Fitzpatrick has always been the type of player that the Steelers would love to have in the secondary. As a versatile player that can play either safety or corner, Fitzpatrick is talented in both run support and coverage. The Steelers have tried to improve the secondary for years but have continued to fail. Fitzpatrick, though, is an immediate upgrade that is still young enough to be a major part of the team’s future. Yes, he would come at a hefty price, likely a first-rounder or combination of early-round draft picks, but at the end of the day, he would fill what has been Pittsburgh’s biggest need for the last few seasons.
The Steelers finished a respectable No. 10 overall in passing yards allowed per game according to NFL.com, but those numbers are slightly misleading. Though they finished well statistically, the team was toward the middle of the pack in terms of completions of 20+ yards allowed, a trend that needs improvement with Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson in the division. Throw in Week One effort that included getting roasted time and time again by the New England Patriots, and it becomes clear how valuable Fitzpatrick would be for Pittsburgh.
If the Steelers can pick up Minkah Fitzpatrick for a reasonable price, it is a move they shouldn’t hesitate to make. Whether he lines up at corner or safety, he is the kind of player that could transform the Pittsburgh defense and be a long-term improvement in the secondary. it’s an easy call for the Steelers, go get Fitzpatrick before it’s too late.