Kansas City Chiefs fans who are concerned about the quality and depth of the team’s cornerback corps got unwelcome news on Monday night: the Pittsburgh Steelers have acquired Miami Dolphins cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick in a blockbuster trade — as reported by ESPN insider Adam Schefter.
TRADE: Steelers are trading a 2020 first-round pick to the Dolphins for DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, league sources tell ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 17, 2019
Fitzpatrick has been one of the cornerbacks some Chiefs fans and analysts (including our own Kent Swanson) have been identifying as a player the Chiefs could get to improve their secondary. But the draft capital the Steelers gave up to acquire the 22-year-old player now entering his second NFL season was steep — as Schefter reported.
Trade summary— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 17, 2019
2020 1st-round pick
2020 5th-round pick
2021 6th-round pick
DB Minkah Fitzpatrick
2020 4th-round pick
2021 6th-round pick
Fitzpatrick — the 11th overall pick in the first round of the 2018 draft — played in all 16 games for the Dolphins last season, starting 11 of them. He was credited with 81 tackles (51 solo), nine passes defensed and two interceptions — one of which he returned for a touchdown.
But Fitzpatrick’s young age, rookie track record (and with it, his rookie contract) make this a pretty good trade for the Steelers, as ESPN’s Field Yates noted.
The Steelers get a stud, high-character, versatile defensive back that is just 22 years old and will count a total of just $5.48M *combined* against the cap over the next three seasons, with a fourth-year of contract control. That's a worthwhile first-round investment.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 17, 2019
According to friend-of-the-site Terez Paylor of Yahoo! Sports, the Chiefs were aggressively pursuing a a trade for Fitzpatrick, but were essentially victims of their own success.
Re: Fitzpatrick, the Chiefs were aggressive in pursuing him, a source tells me.— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) September 17, 2019
But like I said on my radio show tonight re: comp for Fitzpatrick or Ramsey - the Chiefs’ 1st pick is falling in the back of the round. Unless they are willing to overpay, easy to get outbid.
So what’s next for the Chiefs? Will they continue to try and find another defensive back to add to their secondary? Time will tell.