PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers made their groundbreaking trade for defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick official on Tuesday morning, pending a physical for the former Miami Dolphins first-round pick.
The unprecedented move saw the Steelers trade away their first-round draft pick for the first time under general manger Kevin Colbert and if they don’t re-acquire a first-round selection, it will be the first time they have not made such a choice since 1967.
It isn’t the Steelers way, but it is way to inject their defense with a highly talented player that help solve a lot of the problems that unit has shown through two weeks.
“We are very excited to add Minkah to our defense,” Colbert said in a statement on Tuesday. “We had him rated very high during the 2018 NFL Draft process and we thought that he could be an impact player in this league.”
Head coach Mike Tomlin is scheduled to speak with the media Tuesday afternoon. Fitzpatrick’s first practice with the Steelers could be as soon as Wednesday.