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Dolphins Trading Minkah Fitzpatrick to Steelers

MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 08: Minkah Fitzpatrick #29 of the Miami Dolphins warming up before the preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons at Hard Rock Stadium on August 8, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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After being frustrated for weeks on end with his role in the defense and the direction of his moribund team, Minkah Fitzpatrick finally got his wish and got traded to a gold star franchise.

The Pittsburgh Steelers upgraded their porous secondary by reportedly acquiring Fitzpatrick from the tanking Miami Dolphins in exchange for a first round pick in 2020.

This trade gives Miami four first-round picks in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Fitzpatrick racked up 80 tackles and two interceptions during his rookie year while playing slot cornerback, outside cornerback, and safety. Hopefully in Pittsburgh, Fitzpatrick will be given a role that fits what he wants to do on defense, as that was one of the sources of frustration with Miami head coach Brian Flores.

Mike Tomlin's Steelers were at their best with a versatile safety roaming the defensive backfield in Troy Polamalu. While Fitzpatrick isn't on that level yet, he's a future Pro Bowler that should help the Pittsburgh defense get back to respectability.