The Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t expecting to be in the running for Miami Dolphins’ defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, according to this tweet from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler Sunday morning.
As Adam Schefter’s tweet notes, there are five unnamed teams in the running for Fitzpatrick. But the black and gold aren’t among them.
23 years old, cheap, and with tons of talent and versatility, Fitzpatrick is expected to be traded for considerable compensation, possibly as early as next week. The Dolphins are reportedly looking for a first round pick and with so many teams interested, it’s possible they get their wish.
The Steelers seemed to make their one aggressive push during the draft, moving up ten spots to select Devin Bush. That left them without a third round pick for the 2020 draft, though they are expected to receive a 3rd round compensatory pick for Le’Veon Bell, and probably one of the driving reasons why they won’t be aggressive again.
Fitzpatrick reportedly asked to be traded after Miami’s horrible 59-10 opening loss to Baltimore. The Dolphins’ front office is clearly tanking but also dumping their best core players, trading Laremy Tunsil to Houston with Fitzpatrick seemingly one foot out the door as well.