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MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 08: Minkah Fitzpatrick #29 of the Miami Dolphins knocks Justice Hill #43 of the Baltimore Ravens out of bounds during the first quarter of the game at Hard Rock Stadium on September 8, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)

By Matt McCarthy,

The Miami Dolphins just got even worse.

The South Beach fire sale continued late Monday night as the Dolphins traded star defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a 2020 first round pick. A Fitzpatrick trade had been rumored for days and appeared to draw significant interest from around the league.

Fitzpatrick is under contract through 2021 and was the 11th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

For the Steelers, the move represents a major investment in their secondary, which has been torched the first few weeks of the season.

The Dolphins, meanwhile, secure another first round pick, a selection that could wind up being higher in the draft than expected with Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s season-ending elbow injury.

Miami now has three first round picks. They acquired a first from Houston when they traded left tackle Laremy Tunsil to the Texans.

The Dolphins are coming off a 43-0 loss to the Patriots in Week 2 following their 59-10 loss to Baltimore in Week 1.

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