Minkah Fitzpatrick speaks out on trade to Steelers
“It’s a fresh start, clean slate. It’s another opportunity to prove myself and what I can do and just add to this team,” Fitzpatrick said in an interview with the Steelers’ website.
The Steelers and Dolphins swapped five draft picks, including the Steelers 2020 first-round draft pick in the blockbuster deal. The Dolphins had given Fitzpatrick permission last week to seek a trade, and it didn’t take too long for a deal to get done.
Fitzpatrick met with Mike Tomlin during the 2018 draft process and said he was hoping that he could work with him. Now that everything has come full circle, he is excited to have Tomlin teaching him.
“I was excited, honestly,” Fitzpatrick said. “Pittsburgh is a storied program, always been known for a great defense. Coach Tomlin is a great coach. I spoke to him a couple times before the draft last year and just had a really good feeling about him as a coach and as a man. I told my mom after I met him he’s a coach I definitely would like to play for one day and I’m excited about it.”
The Steelers don’t want to move around Fitzpatrick like the Dolphins did. Instead, they want to keep him locked down as a safety.
That should help make learning the new playbook a lot easier process, and he could play a significant role on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.