The Miami Dolphins could trade defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick. Would the San Francisco 49ers be interested? (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
As the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers were finishing up their Thursday Night Football contest, reports surfaced that yet another high-profile player could be had in a trade.
The free-falling Miami Dolphins have granted second-year defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick permission to seek a trade. This comes following 59-10 season-opening loss to the Baltimore Ravens. It also comes at a time when the Dolphins’ brass could have a mutiny on their hands.
Players don’t want to tank. That’s exactly what the Dolphins are doing. A week before the start of the regular season, they traded franchise left tackle Laremy Tunsil in a blockbuster deal. If that’s not an indication of tanking, we’re not sure what is.
This could potentially lead to Fitzpatrick being moved here in the not-so-distant future. If so, pretty much every team that doesn’t reside in South Beach would have interest in the talented defensive back.
We’re here to look at whether the San Francisco 49ers would make sense. Let’s check in on a few factors below.
The No. 11 overall pick in last year’s draft, Fitzpatrick entered the annual event as a potential top-five pick. He lasted to Miami based primarily on questions about where the former Alabama standout would play at the next level.
That’s been the overriding issue in Miami. The team played him at four different positions in its Week 1 loss. It’s something Fitzpatrick is not