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Report: Miami grants DB Minkah Fitzpatrick permission to seek a trade

The Miami Dolphins are permitting defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick to seek a trade, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

“The Dolphins have granted permission to DB Minkah Fitzpatrick to seek a trade, according to multiple sources who say Miami’s asking price is too high. Dolphins have no comment.”

According to ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe, Miami is not actively shopping him, and Fitzpatrick has been displeased with his role in his team’s new defense for months.

The report is a follow-up from leaks that the Dolphins spawned trade requests after the team lost to the Baltimore Ravens 59-10 in Week 1. Though not fully admitting a tank, Miami has ridden themselves of several of their former starters in the offseason. Over the course of six months, the team traded away QB Ryan Tannehill, LT Laremy Tunsil, WR Kenny Stills, DE Robert Quinn, and traded for former Arizona Cardinal quarterback Josh Rosen.

A 2018 first-round pick, Fitzpatrick is reportedly unhappy with the role Miami has given him on defense. Lauded for his versatility coming out of Alabama, the Dolphins positioned Fitzpatrick at nearly every defensive back position as a rookie, including outside cornerback, free safety, strong safety, dime linebacker, and inside cornerback.

Despite constantly moving positions, Fitzpatrick succeeded as a rookie. For the year, the 2018 No. 11 overall pick tallied 80 combined tackles, two tackles for loss, nine pass deflections, and two interceptions in 16 games played (11 starts). Against Baltimore in Week 1, he recorded six combined tackles.

It’s unknown what Miami wants in return for Fitzpatrick. However, considering that he was a first-round selection in 2018 and showed he was worthy as a rookie, one would assume it’s rather high. There should be several teams interested.