Reconstruction was planned for the Miami Dolphins, but trading away 2018 first-round choice Minkah Fitzpatrick was never part of the original blueprints.
Less than 24 hours after news broke that the Dolphins had dealt Fitzpatrick to the Steelers and shortly after the teams made the transaction official, Miami general manager Chris Grier clarified that Fitzpatrick's desire to move on and the Steelers' outstanding offer resulted in the deal.
As lopsided losses pile up and the transactions mount, Grier also confirmed dealing standout left tackle Laremy Tunsil, another former first-rounder, wasn't in the script, but the Texans' offer was one that could not be refused and that the remaining Dolphins are not requesting trades. But Fitzpatrick did and it was the beginning of the conclusion of his short tenure in South Beach.
"The kid just felt it was time for him to move," Grier said of Fitzpatrick, who along with a 2020 fourth-round pick and 2021 seventh-rounder, was sent to the Steelers for a 2020 first-rounder, a fifth-rounder in 2020 and a sixth-rounder in 2021. "And we told what the value was. We told teams and we had multiple offers. We felt that the Pittsburgh one was the one best for the organization."
While Fitzpatrick made it known he wanted out, Grier and the organization countered by stating they wanted him in and saw him as a centerpiece of the franchise moving forward. However, they will move forward without him as he'll move on with Pittsburgh.