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NFL rumors: Minkah Fitzpatrick to Giants? Why Dolphins’ asking price for CB would be a steal

Updated 8:38 AM; Today 8:01 AM
The Miami Dolphins might trade defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick.

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The Miami Dolphins might trade defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick.

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By Matt Lombardo | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Reports surfaced Friday that the Miami Dolphins have granted permission to former first-round pick (and New Jersey native) Minkah Fitzpatrick to seek a trade, and the asking price should make Giants GM Dave Gettleman sprint to his phone.

According to multiple reports, Miami is asking for a first-round pick, but could settle for a high-second round selection.

Even if the Dolphins ask for a second and third-round pick for Fitzpatrick, it’s a premium that Gettleman and the Giants must give strong consideration to paying.

The Giants have no bigger need than at cornerback, after Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott posted a perfect passer rating in the opener, routinely targeting inexperienced Antonio Hamilton and first-round rookie DeAndre Baker.

Cornerback remains a position the Giants should look to upgrade, despite drafting Baker in the first-round and Corey Ballentine in the sixth-round of April’s NFL Draft. Sam Beal, chosen in the third-round of the 2018 supplemental draft, has not played an NFL snap and remains on injured reserve at the start of this season.

Meanwhile, Fitzpatrick, chosen by the Dolphins with the No. 11 overall pick out of Alabama in the 2018 NFL Draft, did not allow a touchdown in 2018. He has the versatility to play in the slot or line up outside.

As a rookie, Fitzpatrick produced 80 total tackles, intercepted two passes and returned one for a touchdown. According to Pro Football Focus, Fitzpatrick posted a 79.3 overall grade and a 76.7 coverage grade last season.

Another eventuality of acquiring Fitzpatrick is that should the Giants quickly fall out of contention this season, this move could give New York the flexibility to trade cornerback Janoris Jenkins to a contender at some point and allow a pair of first-round picks to start.


 


Still on his rookie deal, the highest-remaining cap hit on Fitzpatrick’s contract isn’t until 2021 when he is due to count $2.27 million against the cap.

From a positional-need and salary cap perspective, Fitzpatrick would be an ideal fit for the Giants. It now comes down to how much does Gettleman value what could be a pick that falls as high as the top-10 in the second-round against the ability to upgrade the secondary.

 

 

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1 minute ago, joewilly12 said:

Listen thug you've been tasered more times than anyone on this board, electroshock therapy we wont even go there PYSCHO. 

You have woken up wedged between a toilet and urinal on a cold dark dirty floor.realizing the bar has been closed for hours and it was easier for them just to leave you be. 

There is nothing to discuss cant win titles with busted draft picks and bottom of the barrel free agents. 

2 good players on offense and defense isn't the correct formula please let JD know. 

Oh, he knows.

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2 minutes ago, joewilly12 said:

I hope so this kicker situation has me worried. 

We have bigger problems than K.

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3 minutes ago, joewilly12 said:

We lost the first game because of the kicker. 

You need to look 2-3 years down the road. Sh**L*** of work to be done here.

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