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.
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.