A lot of Raiders fans were hoping there was a way Minkah Fitzpatrick could be coming to Oakland. The Dolphins defensive back was placed on the traded block last week and the Raiders just happened to have just lost their 2019 first round pick safety Johnathan Abram.
Those hopes ended Monday night with Fitzpatrick heading to Pittsburgh in exchange for the Steelers’ first round pick in 2020 according to ESPN’s 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
Since the moment Fitzpatrick was placed on the block, it was with the stipulation that the Dolphins were asking for a first round pick to acquire the 2018 11th overall pick. The Raiders have two first round picks in 2020 with the second coming from the deal that sent Kahlil Mack to Chicago.
It was always a bit far fetched that the Raiders would surrender one of their first round picks straight up for Fitzpatrick and they don’t have a second round pick, also has part of the Mack deal.
With the Steelers sitting at 0-2 and losing Ben Roethlisberger for the season to an elbow injury, their first round pick could end up as high or higher than the original 11th overall pick the Dolphins used to get Fitzpatrick, so that’s one hell of a deal if it really is simply pick for player with no additional picks tossed in from the Dolphins.