The Pittsburgh Steelers acquired safety Minkah Fitzpatrick via trade from the Miami Dolphins in a move that improves their secondary.
Minkah Fitzpatrick Fills a Void
The addition of Minkah Fitzpatrick strengthens the weakest part of the Steelers roster. Coming into the season, everyone knew that the Steelers secondary was a liability. After starting 0-2, they look even worse than that. Of course their second loss came with franchise QB Ben Roethlisberger watching on the sidelines. With all of that in mind, the Steelers went ahead and pulled the trigger on a deal that makes their secondary better.
As a member of the Miami Dolphins, Minkah Fitzpatrick has never been part of a winning culture. With the injury to Big Ben, the Steelers aren’t expected to make the playoffs. If the did make it to the post season, nobody will be surprised. That’s the difference between playing in Miami and playing in Pittsburgh. The Steelers expect to win which is why they made the trade.
Did the Steelers Give Up Too Much?
A lot of people around the NFL feel like the Steelers overpaid for Fitzpatrick. With that injury to Roethlisberger, a lot of people feel like the Steelers may have been able to find a QB in the draft. While that might be the case, the Steelers are a win now organization. If they see a move that can make them better now, they will not hesitate to make it. High draft picks are great in the NFL, but as far as anyone knows, Big Ben hasn’t announced his retirement. If he comes back healthy, which given his age and injury history is not a guarantee, the Steelers will still be good.
Roethlisberger confirmed on Monday his plans to honor his contract so they do have at least a verbal commitment from their most important player. From there point of view they weren’t going to find a better safety prospect in the upcoming draft so they addressed a pressing need for their roster.
Steelers Trust Kyle Rudolph
It’s unclear if Rudolph has what it takes to fill Big Ben’s shoes but we will know in a few months from now. It’s his team until the end of the season and it appears that the Steelers trust him. If they didn’t’, it would have been possible for them to deal a first round pick to acquire Minkah Fitzpatrick. Even if Roethlisberger does come back, there’s no guarantee that he will be healthy to start week one. Elbow surgery to your throwing arm could take a full year to heal.
If Rudolph needed reassurance that the Steelers think he can get the job done, the Fitzpatrick trade is it. With that weight off his shoulders, he just has to go out and be himself. Anyone watching last week would see that his teammates seem to believe in him. You can tell a lot by how NFL players celebrate with each other. Judging by his interactions with teammates, they seem to like him. He has already earned the reputation as a hard working player. Now it’s time for him to earn a reputation as a starting NFL QB.