UPDATE: The Steelers reportedly are sending a first-round pick to Miami for Minkah Fitzpatrick. So read the below for background on the Seahawks’ interest.
The Seahawks reportedly are one of half a dozen teams involved in talks with Miami for former No. 11 overall draft pick Minkah Fitzpatrick, and a deal involving “first-round value” apparently could be finished Tuesday.
Among the other teams reportedly in the mix for the premier young defensive back are Washington, Dallas, Kansas City, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.
Some think Pete Carroll might see Fitzpatrick as his next Earl Thomas. If so, would John Schneider want to give up his 2020 first-round pick? Or more?
It might be a cheap (or at least fair) price to pay to set up Seattle with its next generation of top-end safeties — pairing Fitzpatrick with Marquise Blair in 2020 and beyond. Blair is a rookie and Fitzpatrick is just in his second season, signed through 2021.
It certainly would create a little confusion in the backfield at the onset. Carroll probably would want to get Fitzpatrick up to speed in his defense, so he likely wouldn’t start him immediately. But he might use him as his nickel back, replacing recently re-signed Jamar Taylor.
That would set up this nickel quintet when Carroll was willing to pull one of his stud linebackers: FS Bradley McDougald, SS Lano Hill, CB Tre Flowers, CB Shaquill Griffin, Fitzpatrick.
At some point, in the base defense, Fitzpatrick would bump Hill, and McDougald would slide back to strong safety. And then Blair would be expected to oust McDougald next year. McDougald, 28, is signed through 2020.
As for the draft compensation, the Hawks are projected to have 2020 picks in these rounds: 1, 2, 2, 3, 4, 4, 5, 6, 7.
One rumor out of Miami says the Seahawks, Cowboys and Chiefs have been the most aggressive in these trade talks, so maybe the Hawks are indeed willing to give up a first (or more). Maybe their 2020 first and a fourth in 2020 or 2021?
If Fitzpatrick really can be the next Earl Thomas, that wouldn’t be a bad price to pay.
Meanwhile, star corner Jalen Ramsey reportedly wants out of Jacksonville, which leads to more conjecture about Seattle possibly being interested.
But three issues: (1) Ramsey apparently hates playing zone, a scheme the Seahawks use a lot; (2) Ramsey would need a big extension; (3) Ramsey is another Richard Sherman-esque loudmouth, and Carroll has had enough of those guys.
That’s three strikes, so don’t expect the Hawks to pursue Ramsey.