It looks like the early reporting by Profootballtalk that some Miami Dolphins players are trying to get out of town is at least partially true, despite denials by the team. One player confirmed to be seeking a trade is 2018 first-round pick defensive back (he is really able to line up anywhere even if that is not what you want to do with him) Minkah Fitzpatrick.
The Dolphins have granted permission to DB Minkah Fitzpatrick to seek a trade, according to multiple sources who say Miami's asking price is too high. Dolphins have no comment. Story coming with help from @CameronWolfe— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) September 13, 2019
Several of our own Pride of Detroit staff think the Lions should at least inquire about this rare talent. People already know how good Fitzpatrick is, but what kind of contract would Detroit get back? Here’s the thing—the safety/cornerback/defensive monster/whatever is on the second year of his rookie deal and a trade would keep all of the bonus hit on Miami’s books. That puts the cap hit in the early years (2019, 2020, and 2021) remaining on the rookie deal at merely the P5 salary for those years: $1.23m, 1.98m, and 2.72m, respectively.
Now, in 2022, the team with the contract rights can exercise a fifth-year option to retain Fitzpatrick’s services. For a rough idea of where that lands, we can use the most current fifth-year option tables for rookies who had been drafted in 2016 as a guide. Should Fitzpatrick be classified as a safety, a fifth-year option for a safety drafted at spot 11 in 2016 would have been priced at $6.47m for the 2020 season. Why is it so cheap? The answer is that the top 10 picks are on a different tier of pricing, and by being picked 11th, the youngster is in the “cheaper” tier.
Source says Phins asking for a 1st for M Fitzpatrick but will likely settle for a 2nd.— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) September 13, 2019
Even if the Lions gave him a definite role as a cornerback, which resulted in him being reclassified as a cornerback for salary purposes, it is still not that bad. A cornerback selected 11th in 2016 would have been priced at $9.95m for the 2020 season. I think if a player is performing at a high level (very likely for Minkah Fitzpatrick) as a cornerback, that is certainly reasonable.
Therefore, if we want to evaluate what the Lions “get in return” should they trade for Fitzpatrick, it is really a reasonable deal for four years, not three years. It is very difficult to guarantee selecting a stud defensive back in the first or second round of the draft, so this is a good deal (outstanding if just a second-round pick is the price).
And now, on to the rest of today’s Notes:
- I’m just going to leave this here:
- Carlos Monarrez at the Detroit Free Press caught up with recently acquired Lions quarterback David Blough, and had Blough demonstrate some cool sleight of hand on camera.
- Hall of Fame candidates have been announced, and the Lions have three notable names in the mix:
Ex-Lions Lomas Brown, Jason Hanson and Chris Spielman are nominees for the Hall of Fame— kyle meinke (@kmeinke) September 12, 2019
- Several Lions players have fun family ties to the San Diego area. From the official Lions PR account, Marvin Jones Jr. and Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers have kids on the same flag football team (and the two pros pitch in as coaches). Dave Birkett at the Detroit Free Press wrote about safety Quandre Diggs’ memories of being a Chargers fan when he was younger and watching his older brother Quentin Jammer.
- As part of the NFL 100 celebration, some well-known folks were asked about their fandom and the moments that made them pro football fans. Two of the interviews revealed in the previews for the show (airing Friday night on NFL Network) were Detroit Lions fans Ninja and Keegan-Michael Key:
"This is my favorite Matthew Stafford moment....that was a leader. That's what you want your QB to be."@Lions fan @Ninja recounts a play that showed all the toughness from No.9— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) September 12, 2019
: NFL 100 GREATEST PLAYS | FRIDAY (8pm ET) on NFL Network #NFL100 pic.twitter.com/O6poIDqGDo
"If anything like that ever happens again, I don't want to miss it!" @KeeganMKey remembers "this crazy run" from @Lions RB Billy Sims.— NFL (@NFL) September 12, 2019
: #NFL100 Greatest Plays premieres Friday 8pm ET on @nflnetwork. pic.twitter.com/D746EK8wGQ
- No specific names given, but might be worth checking out if you are already going to be at the game:
- Rough week for Lions practice squad running backs. Both Nick Brossette and David Williams lasted a single day on the practice squad, as the Lions have now brought back defensive end Eric Lee: