What if the Eagles could add someone they missed out on last season?
Speaking of dreams that seem unattainable, we welcome you to what was everyone’s wish just under nine months ago. Right around the midpoint of the 2019 season, rumors started floating that the Miami Dolphins might be willing to move on from the man they had taken 11th-overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, safety Minkah Fitzpatrick.
Even if there seemed to be no immediate need for a safety on a team’s roster, every one of the other 31 NFL franchises took note. Sure, the price would be high, but when opportunities like this one arise, it’s always good to investigate what the team looking to move the superior talent sees as proper compensation.
In the end, Pittsburgh landed Fitzpatrick for their 2020 first-round selection (that wound up being offensive tackle Austin Jackson), along with their 2020 fifth-round and 2021 sixth-round draft selections. The Steelers would also wind up with Miami’s fourth-round selection in 2020.
Seeing what Fitzpatrick did in his first season as a Steeler makes fans ask questions. Should Philly have made a similar deal to add Fitzpatrick to their own roster? After all, he did proclaim his admiration for them once. Perhaps. Is Fitzpatrick worth a first-round, a fifth-round, and a sixth-round selection? He absolutely is. Would the Eagles have found a safety prospect in the first round of 2020’s draft that’s on Fitzpatrick’s level? It’s easy to argue that they wouldn’t have.
In the end, it is what it is, The Eagles needed a wide receiver in the first round of the draft not a safety. They took one, Jalen Reagor. Fitzpatrick is a Steeler. The “Birds” may have found a steal at safety anyway in K’Von Wallace. No, there’s no way that the Eagles get this guy now other than waiting until he’s eligible for free agency. At least that’s how it seems on the surface, but it sure would be nice if it was some way that it could happen. We can dream, can’t we?