Overnight Wednesday, the New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins put the trade together the sent former No. 2 overall draft pick Reggie Bush to Miami, where he signed a renegotiated deal with the team.
No one outside of both teams’ front offices knows all the details in the trade, but it has been confirmed that the Saints received a player in the deal.
Jonathon Amaya, a backup safety and special team standout, was acquired by the Saints in the deal with Bush. The teams also exchanged undisclosed draft picks, which will likely be dependent on Bush’s production in 2011 with Miami. Amaya was called the Dolphins’ most valuable special teams player by their head coach Tony Sparano.
While the Amaya acquisition won’t make headlines anywhere, it is an interesting move for the Saints, who are trying to shore up their special teams after a dreadful season of coverage in 2010. The team used the later rounds of the draft to target players who were versatile on special teams, and Amaya’a acquisition only furthers that notion.
It could also mean a competition for players like Chris Reis, Pierson Prioleau and Amaya who are gunning for roles on the team as special teams specialists. Prioleau was special teams captain last year, and the special teams role will be another interesting battle to watch for in training camp.