Report: Dolphins trading Minkah Fitzpatrick to Steelers for 1st-round pick

The Miami Dolphins are trading defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a first-round pick, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

Fitzpatrick reportedly requested a trade from the Dolphins last week, displeased with how he’s been used in Miami’s defense.

A versatile defender capable of playing multiple positions in the secondary, Fitzpatrick has lined up primarily at strong safety this season, a position even his mother complained about during the preseason.

At 6-1 and 207 pounds, Fitzpatrick presumably feels he’s better suited to play in the secondary rather than line up in the box to battle with bigger offensive players.

Fitzpatrick’s departure further depletes an already talent-thin Dolphins roster that has started the season with a 59-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens and a 43-0 loss to the New England Patriots.

Fitzpatrick is the second high-profile player the Dolphins have traded since the preseason after dealing left tackle Laremy Tunsil to the Houston Texans on Aug. 31.

They continue to compile draft assets as they face the prospect of posting the worst record in the league.

The Dolphins acquired Houston’s first round pick in 2020 and 2021 in the Tunsil trade that also saw them part with wide receiver Kenny Stills.

With the Fitzpatrick trade, Miami now possesses its own 2020 first-round draft pick in addition to the Texans’ and the Steelers’. Due to previous deals, the Dolphins also own the New Orleans Saints’ second-round pick, the Tennessee Titans’ fourth-round pick, the Dallas Cowboys’ sixth-round pick and the Kansas City Chiefs’ seventh-round pick in 2020.

They have a strong likelihood of landing the No. 1 overall selection with their own pick. With the news of Ben Roethlisberger’s season-ending elbow injury, the Steelers’ selection could also end up being a premium pick.

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NFL Top 100 Players of 2019: Nos. 25 - 1
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NFL Top 100 Players of 2019: Nos. 25 - 1

25. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks QB

2018 rank: 11

(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

24. Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers LB

2018 rank: 12

(AP Photo/Adrian Kraus, File)

23. Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns WR

2018 rank: 77

(AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

22. Stephon Gilmore, New England Patriots CB

2018 rank: N/A

(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

21. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs TE

2018 rank: 24

(AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann, File)

20. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts QB

2018 rank: N/A

(AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

19. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs WR

2018 rank: 40

(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

18. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys RB

2018 rank: 54

(AP Photo/Roger Steinman)

17. Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers QB

2018 rank: 56

(AP Foto/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

16. Saquon Barkley, New York GIants RB

2018 rank: N/A

(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

15. Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks LB

2018 rank: 21

(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

14. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints RB

2018 rank: 20

(AP Photo/Gary Landers)

13. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints WR

2018 rank: 81

(AP Photo/Bill Feig)

12. JJ Watt, Houston Texans DE

2018 rank: 84

(Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

11. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans WR

2018 rank: 13

(Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

10. Von Miller, Denver Broncos LB

2018 rank: 9

(Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

9. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons WR

2018 rank: 4

(Photo by Todd Kirkland/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

8. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers QB

2018 rank: 10

Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

7. Antonio Brown, Oakland Raiders WR

2018 rank: 2

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6. Tom Brady, New England Patriots QB

2018 rank: 1

(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

5. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams RB

2018 rank: 6

(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

4. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs QB

2018 rank: N/A

(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

3. Khalil Mack, Chicago Bears LB

2018 rank: 16

(Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints QB

2018 rank: 8

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

1. Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams DT

2018 rank: 7

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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