5 Most Mind-Boggling Miami Dolphins Trades Since 2000
Five Mind Boggling Trades Since 2000
Earlier today, there were quite a few reports going around that the Miami Dolphins were actively shopping Dion Jordan, who was their first-round pick in 2013. This came as a shock to many because the Dolphins actually traded up to get Jordan in the No. 3 slot. Soon after that report came out, other reports came out that the Dolphins were not actively shopping Jordan. The Dolphins even came out themselves and told numerous beat reporters that the report was not true.
Due to the fact that the Dolphins have a new general manager in Dennis Hickey, it is widely assumed that just about every player is on the trading block and that he would listen to all offers. So, who is right and who is wrong? Anyone who reported that the Dolphins were shopping Jordan was right, but in the same breath, anyone who reported that the Dolphins were not shopping Jordan were right too.
Let me explain.
According to sources, this all started when Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor recently told Hickey and others that the Philadelphia Eagles wanted Jordan last year and would be interested in trading for Jordan if the price was right. As any good general manager should do, he picked up the phone and called the Eagles to see what they were willing to offer. The conversation didn’t last very long and didn’t get past the very brief and initial stage because the Eagles couldn’t offer enough to justify the trade.
Unless the Dolphins were getting a top five first-round pick, trading Jordan would be crazy and mind-boggling. With these reports out there, it got me thinking about some of the most mind-boggling trades the Dolphins have made since the new millennium. With that said, sit back and enjoy the five craziest trades the Dolphins have made since the year 2000.
5. 2004 NFL Draft
In the 2004 NFL Draft, former Dolphins head coach Dave Wannstedt and former Dolphins general manager Rick Spielman had the 20th pick in the draft. They sent a fourth-round pick to the Minnesota Vikings in order to move up one spot to 19, where they drafted Vernon Carey.
They did this because they feared the New England Patriots were going to swoop in and grab Carey. It was all a smokescreen, though, as the Patriots wanted Vince Wilfork all along. The Patriots successfully fooled the Dolphins enough that they gave up a mid-round pick to another team in order to draft someone Bill Belichick didn’t even want.
4. Brandon Marshall
In 2010, the Dolphins sent two second-round picks to the Denver Broncos for Brandon Marshall. Two years later in 2012, the Dolphins traded him away to the Chicago Bears for two third-round picks. Marshall is now one of the best receivers in the game and is very hard to contain on the field due to his size and excellent hands. The Dolphins have been searching for a dominant wide receiver ever since.
3. Wes Welker
Shortly after former Dolphins head coach Cam Cameron and former general manager Randy Mueller were hired, they traded Wes Welker to the New England Patriots and received a second- and seventh-round pick in the 2007 draft.
The Dolphins drafted Samson Satele and Abraham Wright with those picks. Wright is no longer in the league and Satele has bounced around to various teams. As for Welker, he’s considered one of the best slot receivers in the NFL and has been considered as such since he arrived in New England.
2. A.J. Feeley
Remember this trade when Wannstedt and Spielman thought they found their franchise quarterback in A.J. Feeley? After Feeley went 4-1 in 2003 as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, he didn’t play a snap in 2004. That didn’t stop Wannstedt-Spileman from sending a second-round pick their way. He finished the season with with 11 touchdowns and 15 interceptions, trading starts with Jay Fielder. In 2005, he was traded to the San Diego Chargers midway through the season.
1. Ricky Williams
In 2002, the Dolphins traded their 2002 first-round and fourth-round pick and their 2003 first-round pick to the New Orleans Saints for Ricky Williams and their 2002 fourth-round pick. At first glance, you might say that this wasn’t a bad trade. Williams was the running back the Dolphins had always been looking for and in 2002, he had one of the best seasons ever in Dolphins history. Unfortunately, they didn’t make the playoffs that year.
In 2003, Wannstedt gave the ball to Williams a whopping 393 times! The next year, Williams abruptly left the team and ran off to travel the world with no explanation. We would later find out it was because of his need to smoke weed and had he stayed, he would’ve been suspended anyway due to a failed drug test. That season, Wannstedt resigned halfway through. The next year, Nick Saban was hired and in 2005, Williams returned. However, this was after the Dolphins spent the No. 3 overall pick on Ronnie Brown in 2004. Williams didn’t last long and was suspended shortly after before coming back to play for Tony Sparano.
The ultimate price tag for Williams? Two first-round picks along with the collapse of 2004 and the miserable Saban era, which saw him choose Daunte Culpepper over Drew Brees.
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