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Dolphins reportedly offered safety Reshad Jones to Steelers before Minkah Fitzpatrick trade

Pro Football Rumors logo Pro Football Rumors 11/10/2019 Rory Parks, Pro Football Rumors
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The Dolphins were shopping veteran safety Reshad Jones this past summer, and the Steelers, who made it clear to rival teams they were in the market for secondary help, were an obvious match. 

As Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports writes, Miami did attempt to deal Jones to Pittsburgh at the start of the season.

However, the Steelers preferred Minkah Fitzpatrick, and the Dolphins initially suggested Fitzpatrick was not going to be moved. Of course, Miami quickly changed its stance in that regard and said it would deal Fitzpatrick if a first-round pick was included in the trade.

La Canfora says several teams were willing to meet the Dolphins’ asking price, but Miami chose Pittsburgh’s offer because it believed the Steelers’ 2020 first-rounder would be a higher pick those other teams. Of course, that may not turn out to be the case, as Fitzpatrick has provided a jolt to the Steelers’ defense and has helped Pittsburgh (4-4) climb back into the AFC playoff picture.

Fitzpatrick was publicly unhappy with the way he was being deployed in Miami and said Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin established from the beginning that the Alabama product would be used in a center fielder role that would highlight his playmaking abilities. 

And Fitzpatrick has certainly made plays, recording four interceptions in his six games in the Steel City, including a critical pick-six in Pittsburgh’s win over the Colts last week.

Jones, meanwhile, is under contract with the Dolphins through 2022, and while he indicated he is open to staying with Miami through its rebuild, the Dolphins may choose to cut bait this offseason to save about $5.5M against the cap, even though they would incur a big dead money charge by doing so.

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