Why 49ers wouldn't be ideal Minkah Fitzpatrick trade destination

Jennifer Lee Chan
NBC Sports BayArea

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - While trade rumors of Dolphins safety Minkah Fitzpatrick swirl around the league, the 49ers continue praising the ability of their own roster. 

Fitzpatrick was selected 11th overall in the 2018 draft, just two spots after the 49ers selected Mike McGlinchey. The front office saw the need to take the Notre Dame offensive lineman who is the heir apparent to take over when Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley retires. 

The 49ers have dealt with health issues at safety with Jimmie Ward incurring season-ending injuries four times over his NFL career but they still are unlikely to trade for the Miami safety. Coach Robert Saleh has praised not only Ward but second-year safety Tarvarius Moore as well. 

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"You guys know how we feel about Jimmie when he's out there," Saleh said. "It's Tarvarius' job to continue to make it harder because one game doesn't do it, but his trajectory from the first day of training camp until now has been darn near vertical."

"He's got to keep that vertical growth and just continue to get better and make it hard on us to make decisions. The harder he makes it, the better the problem is for us because then it's time to find a way to get Jimmie on the field another way because Jimmie's going to play when he's healthy and it's our job to figure out how."

Fitzpatrick was highly touted after an outstanding college career at Alabama where he notched nine interceptions and five sacks over his three seasons.

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Fitzpatrick is apparently unhappy with his current role with the Dolphins, who have moved him around the secondary quite a bit including playing in the box at strong safety. Then 49ers have shifted their own secondary around as well, which might make Santa Clara a less desirable destination.

The current asking price by the Dolphins for Fitzpatrick is rumored to include a first-round draft pick which is also out of the range of what the 49ers are likely to spend. 

Why 49ers wouldn't be ideal Minkah Fitzpatrick trade destination originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

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