Within the calendar year both Minkah Fitzpatrick and Jamal Adams, the two safeties who earned first-team AP All-Pro in 2019, have been traded away from their original clubs. While Minkah Fitzpatrick has already gotten nearly a full season under his belt, Adams was only just dealt. So, today I want to compare which team won each respected trade at the time it took place.
Let’s kick things off with Minkah Fitzpatrick.
At the point of the trade back in September, Minkah Fitzpatrick was already seen as a high-quality safety at the start of his sophomore season. In 18 career games, Fitzpatrick put up 91 tackles and 2 interceptions. He had three years remaining on his contract and was unhappy at the direction of the tanking Dolphins and his deployment, which brought him too requesting a trade.
On September 16, the Miami Dolphins dealt Fitzpatrick to the Pittsburgh Steelers, along with a 2020 fourth-round pick and a 2021 seventh-round pick, in exchange for a first and fifth-round pick in 2020 and 2021 sixth-round pick.
Jamal Adams had already played two more seasons than Fitzpatrick when he was traded Saturday. In his first three seasons in New York Adams was named to 2 Pro Bowl teams, 2 times named All-Pro (2nd team in 2018, 1st team in 2019), racked up 273 tackles, and added 6 interceptions. Adams has two years left on his deal and requested a trade after the Jets were unwilling to offer him a big enough contract extension.
Adams would be traded to Seattle along with a fourth round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for safety Bradley McDougald, first and third-round picks in the 2021 NFL Draft and a first-round selection in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Lets take a closer look at the total compensation:
2020 4th Round Pick
2021 7th Round Pick
2020 1st Round Pick
2020 5th Round Pick
2021 6th Round Pick
2022 4th Round Pick
2021 1st Round Pick
2021 3rd Round Pick
2022 1st Round Pick
The facts at the time of each trade are that Jamal Adams is probably the best safety in football, the Dolphins version of Minkah Fitzpatrick was around the top 10. Adams has less years remaining on his deal, and that both players have dominated going all the way back through high school.
All that being said, the Steelers got a steal of a deal when compared to the Seahawks. Only one first-round pick and they traded up in the mid rounds of the 2020 draft. Minkah Fitzpatrick developing into a top-three safety once in Pittsburgh also really helps his case.
The Seahawks had to give up a starting safety, 2 first-round picks, and a 3rd rounder, for potentially only two seasons of Jamal Adams. The ‘hawks will be affected by this deal for years to come, they are immediately a bigger threat in the NFC, but if they can't retain Adams services they could be in for a sharp decline in 2022.
I believe the Steelers undoubtedly got the better deal, and potentially will have Fitzpatrick on the roster a lot longer than Adams in Seattle.
But what do you think? Who made the better deal? Make sure you vote in the poll and let us know down in the comments below.
Who made the better deal in acquiring their All-Pro safety?
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