Dolphins’ Stephen Ross reacts to Minkah Fitzpatrick trade request
On Thursday, second-year defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick requested a trade out of Miami. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross was surprised to hear that, but he wants to make it known that the team wants him there.
Said Ross, via Dave Hyde of the Sun-Sentinel:
“I was somewhat surprised to hear that. I like Minkah a lot. But I understand and I know that Brian and Chris had good conversations with him after that where they let him know that they believe in him and want him here. We all expect him to play well (Sunday).”
The report of Fitzpatrick’s trade request is a follow-up from earlier reports indicating several Dolphins players wanted out of Miami after their 59-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. While not saying they’re tanking, they are perhaps performing one of the most obvious tanks in NFL history.
Over the offseason, Miami traded away their starting QB (Ryan Tannehill), LT (Laremy Tunsil), WR (Kenny Stills), DE (Robert Quinn), and LB (Kiko Alonso) and likely aren’t done. The team is blowing it up in an AFC East they can’t win. In return? Potential dominance if they hit on most of their gaudy amount of draft picks over the next few years.
While Fitzpatrick’s request for a release is surprising, considering he was the No. 11 pick in 2018, Miami should get a nice haul in return. He’s capable of playing inside cornerback, outside cornerback, and both safety positions at a high-level.
He showed that in his rookie season, tallying80 combined tackles, two tackles for loss, nine pass deflections, and two interceptions in 16 games played (11 starts).