Dolphins’ Minkah Fitzpatrick says he’s focused on Patriots rather than potential trade
There were rumors that began to swirl in the NFL community that the Miami Dolphins are willing to trade Minkah Fitzpatrick. Amid the rumors, Fitzpatrick says that he is concentrated on playing the New England Patriots on Sunday.
“It’s a little frustration, but I have to shift my focus to what’s important,” Fitzpatrick said, via Safid Deen of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “I can’t focus on the trade talks and everything else like that. I have to focus on the Patriots, my teammates, my coaches, and this week’s game plan.”
The Dolphins are in total ‘rebuild mode’ under new head coach Brian Flores. Prior to the beginning of the season, the Dolphins decided to move on from Laremy Tunsil, Kenny Stills, and Kiko Alonso to acquire draft capital.
Following Miami’s embarrassing 59-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1, the rebuild may be sped up after seeing where the team is currently at. Therefore, the Dolphins could be inclined to trade Fitzpatrick if the price is right.
Fitzpatrick is in his second season in the NFL after the Dolphins selected him with the 11th overall pick in last year’s draft. In his rookie campaign, the versatile defensive back flashed his upside as a movable piece in the secondary.
For the most part, Fitzpatrick played slot cornerback in 2018 and excelled at the position with 80 tackles, two interceptions, and nine deflections. Over the course of the offseason, Flores decided to move Fitzpatrick to the free safety position.
Now, there are distractions in the locker room with the news of a possible trade involving the second-year defensive back. As if Fitzpatrick already didn’t have enough on his plate; having to defend Antonio Brown, Josh Gordon, and Julian Edelman.