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An intriguing trade target for the Eagles emerges in Miami in Minkah Fitzpatrick

An intriguing trade target for the Eagles emerges in Miami in Minkah Fitzpatrick

The Miami Dolphins are tanking. They won’t say they’re tanking, but they are and they’re going to fall to 0-2 this weekend when the Patriots go down there and beat up on them.

So plenty of Dolphins want out and you can’t blame them. One of those players who wants out is defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick. According to ESPN, Fitzpatrick and his agent have received permission from the Dolphins to seek a trade.

This is where the Eagles come in. The Eagles should definitely be interested.

Howie Roseman is never shy about a phone call and I’d be surprised if he’s not in the mix for Fitzpatrick. The Eagles should make a hard push.

Fitzpatrick is just 22, was the 11th overall pick in the 2018 draft and is coming off a very encouraging rookie season. The thing that Jim Schwartz would love about Fitzpatrick is his versatility. He can play every position in the defensive backfield.

Based on this Miami Herald story, it seems like Fitzpatrick would like to play slot corner, but my guess is he’d be more willing to play a different position if he was suiting up for a team in the Super Bowl hunt and not a team hunting for the No. 1 overall pick.

If the Eagles were to sign Fitzpatrick, he could immediately have a role as their third safety, unseating Andrew Sendejo, who had a rough start to his 2019 season. But more importantly, Fitzpatrick would be a starter in 2020 with three more cost-controlled seasons, including the fifth-year option season in 2022.

In Week 1, Fitzpatrick played 48 snaps (63 percent of the Dolphins’ defensive plays). Meanwhile, Sendejo played 36 snaps (56 percent) of the Eagles’ defensive snaps. The Eagles would have a significant role for him in Philly immediately.

After the haul the Dolphins got back for Laremy Tunsil and Kenny Stills, it’s not going to be cheap to get Fitzpatrick and that’s OK. If it takes a first-round pick, I’d still be interested. Of course, the Eagles should try to not give up a first-rounder.

But look at it this way: What player would the Eagles take in the late 20s who would have as big an impact as Fitzpatrick? The reason why it wouldn’t hurt to lose that draft pick as much is because you’re getting a first-rounder with just one year under his belt and most of the cost-controlled seasons (Base salaries in 2019-21: $1.22M, $1.98M, $2.72M) on that rookie contract. And we already know he isn’t a bust.

Heck, during the last draft, I thought it would make some sense if the Eagles went after a safety with their first pick and that was in the mid-20s. Now, they could get a top-15 pick we already know can play in the NFL.

Time for Howie to get on the phone.

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Eagle Eye podcast: Disciplining DeSean, Mahomes' money, and more

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Eagle Eye podcast: Disciplining DeSean, Mahomes' money, and more

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast, Reuben Frank and Barrett Brooks discuss DeSean Jackson’s Instagram posts and how the Eagles should move forward with discipline.

They also get into the Washington NFL franchise’s expected name change, Pat Mahomes contract and what it means for the Eagles and for Andy Reid, and the effect no preseason games will have on the brand of football we see in the regular season.

(0:52) — Reaction to DeSean Jackson’s social media posts

(16:33) — Patrick Mahomes' new contract extension.

(25:03) — NFLPA pushing for no preseason games.

(33:13) — Eagles Ultimate Team: Who’s the best running back in Eagles history.

(39:13) — Washington reviewing team name.

Chiefs' Andy Reid addresses his future in Kansas City, settles any retirement rumblings

Chiefs' Andy Reid addresses his future in Kansas City, settles any retirement rumblings

Patrick Mahomes is set to be a member of the Kansas City Chiefs until 2031 after signing the most lucrative deal in professional sports history on Monday.

Will Andy Reid also still be a Chief in 2031? The answer might surprise you.

Big Red addressed reporters Tuesday to discuss Mahomes' new deal, which can reach $503 million with different incentives and guarantee mechanisms. Because of the deal's long-reaching nature, the former Eagles head coach Reid was asked whether he also plans on partnering with the Chiefs for the long-term.

The answer? Classic Reid:

It's hard to blame the guy. 

After a successful but ultimately championship-less tenure with the Eagles, Reid's next act was always going to be an interesting study. In Kansas City, Reid has shown himself to be one of the sport's all-time great coaches, he finally won a ring, and he landed a quarterback who can help him win more.

With all that, of course Reid is excited and thinking about another decade in the NFL. Who wouldn't?

This news isn't surprising to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Reuben Frank, who mused on Monday about Reid's longevity:

The way he’s going now, I wouldn’t be surprised if Reid coaches until he’s 70. Marv Levy coached until he was 72 and Dick Vermeil until he was 69. Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick are 68, Bruce Arians is 67.

Reid isn’t slowing down. If anything, the Reid-Mahomes partnernship has given him new life.

And if consistency and success are big parts of the Andy Reid brand, so too is his self-referential humor, which Reid brought up once again on Tuesday:

You've got to love the guy.

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