Most Likely Trade Destinations for Minkah Fitzpatrick If Dolphins Deal Cornerback

Dan Israeli
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The Miami Dolphins appear to be taking tanking to a whole new level this season, and are now rumored to be seeking a trade involving their top pick from the 2018 NFL Draft, Minkah Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick, who the Dolphins selected 11th overall out of Alabama, is apparently on the trade block, with Miami seeking a first-round pick in return, according to a report from ESPN's Jordan Raanan. While it's uncertain what the team can realistically get for Fitzpatrick, there should be several suitors for the former Crimson Tide cornerback, who won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back in 2017.

The cornerback is allegedly one of several players who have been rumored to have demanded a trade out of Miami, following the team's horrific 59-10 loss to the Ravens in Week 1. Seeing how the Dolphins already traded left tackle Laremy Tunsil, a 2016 first-rounder, to the Texans, it's realistic that they could pull of another deal, this time with Fitzpatrick.

With that said, here are three of the most likely trade destinations for the corner.

3. Philadelphia Eagles

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The Philadelphia Eagles pulled off a come-from-behind win over the Washington Redskins in Week 1. While a win is a win, the Eagles' defense also allowed 380 passing yards to Case Keenum, who is equipped with arguably the league's worst receiving options. Fitzpatrick would be a welcome addition at either corner spot, but specializes as a slot cover man, where he allowed a 53.4 passer rating when being thrown toward last season. The Eagles have arguably their best corner in Avonte Maddox defending the slot, so Fitzpatrick would likely be asked to play on the outside, if the Eagles were to make a push for his services.

2. Seattle Seahawks

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Clearly, this is not the Legion of Boom anymore, as the Seattle Seahawks gave up a league-high 418 passing yards to Andy Dalton at home in Week 1. The offseason loss of Earl Thomas has Seattle looking like one of the worst secondaries in football, at least for one week. Fitzpatrick could instantly slot in at nickel corner, while also playing some safety for the Seahawks. Considering the team already made a move to acquire Jadeveon Clowney, Seattle is not afraid to ship out picks to improve in the short term. And since they didn't have to mortgage a high draft choice for Clowney, they may be willing to pony up the additional assets Miami is demanding for Fitzpatrick.

1. Kansas City Chiefs

When it comes to defense, there isn't an area where the Kansas City Chiefs aren't in need of an upgrade. Despite winning comfortably in Week 1, the Chiefs still gave up 431 yards of total offense to a Jaguars team playing a sixth-round rookie QB in Gardner Minshew for most of the game. Fitzpatrick would be an upgrade at practically any spot in the KC secondary, and would most likely bump slot corner Kendall Fuller to the outside. The second-year defensive back would also likely love a move to a team where he can focus on playing his best position – cornerback.


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