FISH: Cowboys Have Talked Trade With Dolphins; What Would Dallas Give For Minkah?

Mike Fisher
September 13, 2019 - 3:54 pm
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FRISCO (105.3 The Fan) - The Dallas Cowboys have in the last 24 hours talked trade with the Miami Dolphins, Cowboys COO Stephen Jones tells 105.3 The Fan on Friday afternoon -- with the natural assumption that such talks would center about disgruntled Dolphins defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick.

And maybe about Dallas' out-of-favor defensive end Taco Charlton, too.

Let's pose some questions here and work toward some answers.

Why would the Dolphins let go of Fitzpatrick, who was the No. 11 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft?

Related: Should The Cowboys Trade A Taco For A Minkah?

It's not because he's played especially poorly; it's more about Fitzpatrick making noises about how he's being misused by the Dolphins, who have asked him to play corner, safety and even linebacker in his short time in the NFL.

He's the one who is unhappy, not the Dolphins. Yet they have reportedly granted him permission to seek his own trade.

“We always .... when you hear rumors, you get calls,” Jones said. “You have conversations between myself, Jerry (Jones), (team exec) Will (McClay). We’re always checking around and seeing what’s going on. We have a pretty steady diet of visiting with other teams. We’re always trying to improve our roster.”

OK, OK. But that's still pretty much a "yes,'' we've talked.

What would it take to get him?

Miami is issuing whispers about wanting a package of picks that includes a 2020 first-rounder.

Would the "package'' include taking back a player ... like Taco Charlton?

I've written about the Taco trade possibilities for five months. They are very real, and Taco know that. But Miami is all about rebuilding now, maybe even about tanking. They don't need bodies. They need picks.

Or, if they are really smart, they need to make peace with Minkah.

I will note that I believe Minkah and Taco share an agent. So maybe Joel Segal could get involved here to craft a way to help both teams and help both clients. Escaping Miami might be Minkah's reward; escaping the Dallas doghouse -- for anywhere he could actually get a chance to play -- would be Taco's.

Taco, by the way, has I believe removed any evidence of a Cowboys connection on his social-media pages. I believe if the Cowboys could grab a late-round pick rather than eventually releasing him, they'd do so.

What's the money involved here?

A benefit for Minkah's new team. He's played just one NFL season, so his employer (whomever that is) can have four more seasons of contractual control. It's yet another reason for Dallas and others to chase him.

Would Dallas give up a first-rounder in trade?

It was very painful for Jerry Jones to do exactly that a year ago -- but he did so, getting receiver Amari Cooper from Oakland. Part of the eventual logic: The player Dallas would be getting in the middle of the first round in 2019 would surely be inferior to Amari.

So, if they did that with a 24-year-old Amari getting ready to make !3.9 million in the final year of his contract and desirous of a new contract ... why not do it with a 22-year-old Minkah making $4 million a year?

Is he a scheme fit in Dallas?

The Cowboys are deep at cornerback ... But Byron Jones and Anthony Brown are on deals that expires at the end of 2019. They like their safety setup, too, with Xavier Woods and Jeff Heath starting and maybe rookie Donovan Wilson pushing Heath. But I do believe Dallas liked Minkah coming into the 2018 NFL Draft. And unless there is a "knucklehead factor'' that's popped up in the last year-and-a-half (and while 'Bama coach Nick Saban would surely give his buddy Dallas coach Jason Garrett a big thumbs-up on the player, that's possible), there is every reason for Stephen to have talked to Miami about Minkah Fitzpatrick in the last 24 hours.

And every reason for him to talk to them in the next 24 hours, too.