The Miami Dolphins finally pulled off a trade that had been speculated about since Thursday. On Sunday, the Dolphins agreed to send Vontae Davis to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2013 2nd round draft pick and a conditional 6th rounder. Jay Glazer of FoxSports broke the story on Twitter:
The pick is a bit surprising considering the Dolphins don’t necessarily have a lot of depth at the cornerback position. It just shows that the new Dolphins regime is not going to put up with players that don’t buy in to their way of doing things. Vontae was said to have come to came out of shape and was gassed on more than one occasion in Hard Knocks.
To make a move like this, the Dolphins must be very pleased with what they have seen out of Sean Smith and Richard Marshall. They also must like Nolan Carroll an awful lot because he is likely to step in to the nickel/dime packages where Vontae would’ve been.
I don’t love this trade because Vontae is only 24 years old and showed flashes of being a Pro Bowl cornerback. I do love the trade because the 2nd round pick that the Dolphins acquire here, will likely be at the top of the 2nd round (unless the Colts surprise us all). The Dolphins are’t building just for one season, so if they didn’t see Vontae Davis in their long term plans, they were right to get a 2nd round pick for him. Having said all that, Jeff Ireland just traded a player taken in the 1st round of the draft, for a 2nd and potentially 6th round pick. That’s not the way to build a consistent winner in the NFL.
Here’s something to think about: The Dolphins now have 2 – 2nd round picks and 2 – 3rd round picks…They also have a DESPERATE need at Wide Receiver. I wonder if the Dolphins would consider shipping one of their extra 2nd or 3rd round picks to the Steelers for Mike Wallace?