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Dolphins Trade Laremy Tunsil, Kenny Stills for a Draft Day Ransom

Travis Wingfield

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Miami parts with two starters, 2020 4th round and 6th round picks for 1st round pick in 2020, and an additional 1st and 2nd round pick in 2021, and two players

The blockbuster trade we anticipated for a week is now complete, although the terms are a surprise.

The Dolphins off-loaded sure fire perineal pro-bowl Left Tackle Laremy Tunsil and Wide Receiver Kenny Stills.

Stills was owed $15 million over the next two seasons, while Tunsil was under club control for two more years after the fifth-year option factored in for the 2020 season.

Miami promised to step back and rebuild this team on New Year’s Eve of 2018, but this is a full teardown rebuild.

The Dolphins are the least talented team in the league and appear to be all in on securing the first pick next April. If the Dolphins do earn that top pick, they have the quarterback of their choice, and can then build around said QB with six additional picks in the top 100.

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    Fernando

    August 31, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    Look, don’t get me wrong, it’s great to have the draft capital, but LTs like Tunsil are just the kind of Top 10 draft talent that we need, and he’s only 25. Unless there’s something we don’t know here. The fact that a Tunsil hasn’t played at all in the preseason tells me they might’ve been considering this move for a while. Travis, honest reaction here: what was your first thought when you saw this? Aside from worrying about the health of Fitz and Rosen, which I was already worried about.

    No doubt about it now, we are tanking, there’s just no other word for it.

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    Dolphin Joe

    August 31, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    With a good season we may have won 3 games with or without Bong Boy ! Were we going to the super bowl next year ? We just got draft compensation for Bong Boy as if he were Peyton Manning in his prime . In this day and age where draft picks are worth that much more , especially first rounders well we did hit the lotto . Look for more trades to be done Kiko and Drake are next . Question is are we willing now to part with a 3rd to Washington for there left tackle ?

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    Edan

    August 31, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Tanking for Tua just got real. I wouldn’t want to be Fitz or Rosen. They will be running for their lives on every play. I hope there’s a plan to replace Tunsil, but it’s doubtful you replace one of the best Left tackles to come into the league.

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    PapaPickett

    August 31, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    This trade is wreaks of overconfidence. They cant get another Tunsil with the picks they just landed and the chances of even getting a good player in the mid 20’s next year is 50/50. Damn this trade sucks. We shouldve cut Grier at the cutdown. Yes were rebuilding but why create Tunsil sized holes in the process? Why even sign Howard instead of just trading him? Its beyond stupid and the players will quit at the first sign of things going south and Flores has been given the wheel to a sinking ship. This is so dumb and disgisting, no dolphins fan should go to a single game this year. I know I am not. I might play video games instead of watch them get Rosen and Fitzpatrick mangled for 4 quarters. The Oline is so atrocious now, our QBs could legitimately file a lawsuit for negligence and wreckless behaivior from our GM. No one should have to risk their health and careers behind this line. This is pathetic and miserable. Cant wait til Grier misses on those picks. I just want to cuss everyone in that office out so BADLY!

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    Phil

    August 31, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    (insert ridiculously long resigned sigh here)

    I really dig the podcast BTW. Can’t WAIT to hear this one…lol.

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      Mike Dino

      September 1, 2019 at 10:34 am

      Right on, can’t wait to hear Travis’s take on Tunsil, Stills, and now Kiko. Certainly Kiko was going to get cut so at least Miami got a warm body in return. Stills was not a part of the future. Tunsil has a serious shot at being a long time Pro Bowler and that is going to hurt to watch him do it for Houston.

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    pigskin101

    September 3, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Miami doesn’t want a QB in 2020 draft but the Colts and Bengals sure do so Miami will gain another kings ransom

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Should the Miami Dolphins put in a claim on CB Vernon Hargreaves?

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MIAMI (Locked on Dolphins) – Should the Miami Dolphins put in a claim on CB Vernon Hargreaves?

Adam Schefter broke the news earlier on Tuesday that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have parted ways with cornerback Vernon Hargreaves.

Since Hargreaves was drafted in the 2016 Draft, he has less than four vested seasons, which means he’ll be added to the waiver wire.

Now, this is the part where Dolphins fans and analysts can start to speculate on the former first-rounder out of Florida.

Does it make sense for the Dolphins to put in a claim on Hargreaves?

The short answer is yes. Here’s why.

The Dolphins, as they are refranchising, should sniff around the league for talent in creative ways. They gave that method a chance when claiming Robert Nkemdiche, and it didn’t work out in that instance, but hidden gems can be found.

With the circumstance surrounding the team’s 2-7 record, they have the luxury–maybe even the obligation– to look for down-on-their-luck yet talented players who have been waived or cut.

There’s no denying Hargreaves’ talent. He’s still very young but has 3.5 years of NFL experience under his belt. But sometimes teams and players aren’t a great fit together, and that seems to be the case for Hargreaves and the Bucs. A change of pace seemed to be necessary for both Hargreaves and the Bucs, which was hinted at by the Bucs’ front office.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ General Manager Jason Licht addressed Hargreaves’ release to the press.

“After thoughtful consideration over the past few weeks, Coach Arians and I came to the conclusion that we needed to make this change,” said Licht. “Decisions such as this are always difficult, but we felt it was in the best interest of our team to part ways with Vernon at this time and allow him to explore other opportunities. We are disappointed that it did not work out here for Vernon and we wish him continued success moving forward.”

It’s worth mentioning that the Dolphins might not be a shoo-in for Hargreaves, though. There are other teams in front of them in the waiver wire order, which is constructed in the same fashion as the draft order.

Teams like the Bengals, Redskins, and Giants–all who have a better projected draft pick than the Dolphins– will have their chance to place in a bid for the cornerback’s services.

If the Miami Dolphins land Hargreaves, then some comfort can be found in the coaching staff’s ability to awaken more of his innate talent. The Dolphins have already impressed with their cornerback development. What the coaches have done to help teach and improve Nik Needham, Eric Rowe, and Jomal Wiltz speaks volumes.

Vernon Hargreaves could find a new home in Miami to get a change of scenery, and the Dolphins staff would be one of the better places for him to go to re-energize his career.

It would be a boon for both parties. And there’s nothing to lose by putting in a claim.

It’s a no-brainer.

 

 

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Dolphins cut Robert Nkemdiche, sign De’Lance Turner, Marcus Sherels

Shawn Digity

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MIAMI (Locked On Dolphins) – Miami Dolphins Roster Moves: November 5, 2019

The Miami Dolphins have updated their roster by waiving the fourth-year defensive lineman, Robert Nkemdiche.

The Dolphins initially claimed him off the waiver wire earlier this season in hopes of giving the former first-rounder a change of scenery.

It was a reclamation project for the team after the Arizona Cardinals released him in late July.

Nkemdiche was activated off the PUP list in October and was active for two games.

Nkemdiche’s Dolphins tenure was short-lived, and it didn’t work out in the team’s favor this time, but, luckily, it was a no-cost maneuver, so nothing was lost.

The Miami Dolphins also added a new running back and cornerback, De’Lance Turner and Marcus Sherels, respectively.

The moves came after Preston Williams was added to the season-ending IR, and Mark Walton was handed a four-game suspension based on his violations against the league’s substance abuse policies.

De’Lance Turner is in his second year in the league and has spent most of his career in an add-and-drop oscillation with the Ravens.

Marcus Sherels, on the other hand, is in his 10th year.

He spent his entire career with the Minnesota Vikings before getting cut in the latter part of October.

He should bring a boost to the return game while taking over some of those duties in Preston William’s absence.

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Preston Williams Suffers Season-Ending Injury; Mark Walton Suspended

Chris Kowalewski

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Tank supporters worried about the relative success of the Miami Dolphins’ offensive display against the New York Jets might be able to relax just a little.

Preston Williams, who had quickly been developing into one of the brightest spots on the team entering the league as an undrafted free agent, suffered a knee injury on a punt return during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 26-18 victory.

An MRI scan on Monday confirmed a torn ACL, ending his debut season.

Williams had shown flashes of playmaking ability, hauling in 32 catches for 428 yards and 3 TD through the first 8 games.

Whilst Williams will likely undergo surgery and extensive rehabilitation in order to prepare him for the 2020 season, the impact of this injury upon his development should not be understated. Alongside a reel of highlight plays, Williams has had a number of drops and will now only see mental reps until the team takes to field in training camp – possibly with a new quarterback.

Discussing the loss of a key piece of the WR group, Brian Flores stated “He’s done an incredible job, really. He came to us as a free agent and has really grown over the last six months, seven months. I was devastated for the kid. He was as well, but I told him this is just a bump in the road. He’ll be back. I believe if he attacks his rehab and training like he did from the time he got here, he’ll be just fine. He can be a very good player in the league, but it’s up to him. There’s a lot of players in this league with a lot of potential, a lot of talent. But it’s up to him to put in the work, the preparation, the training, the diet, the sleep – all of it, it all counts. I think he’s definitely on the right track to get the most of of his talent and ability. In some cases a setback is a good thing, allow him to train and lock in on all those other things a little bit earlier than he would have if he’d played the entire season. I think that’s the kind of approach he needs to take on it.

A short time later, a further blow to Miami’s offensive group landed, as it was announced that starting RB, Mark Walton is to receive an immediate 4-game suspension imposed by the league, stemming from a number of off-season arrests in violation of the NFL’s conduct policy.

The proximity of the suspension news to the trade of Kenyan Drake last week means it is likely that the Dolphins were already aware of the situation. Expect them to place more reliance on Kalen Ballage (who has largely underwhelmed so far in 2019) and rookies Patrick Laird and Myles Gaskin.

Neither Gaskin nor Laird have seen any regular season playing time and Kalen Ballage had seen his role reduce after a number of poor performances. He currently has 35 rushes for 70 yards (2.0 YPC) and 2 TDs – his 231lb frame being the preferred option at the goal line.

Ballage also has 4 catches on 12 targets (33.3% catch rate) for 40 yards, which is a concern considering how Miami wishes to implement the running backs in the passing game.

For those fans viewing 2019 as an extended pre-season, the Dolphins will no get a chance to see what future potential exists in their fresh-faced RB room, starting next Sunday on the road against the Indianapolis Colts.

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