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Dolphins: Trades, trades, come our way

Around this time last year the Dolphins shipped cornerback Travis Daniels to Cleveland and quarterback Josh McCown to Carolina. Earlier this week the team successfully shopped and shipped Andy Alleman and Ikechuku Ndukwe to Kansas City.

An NFL source has told me the team also tried to trade Ernest Wilford before terminating his contract but no one was interested. And the Dolphins are not averse to conducting further business both on the giving and receiving end of a trade if the player and the price is right.

In fact, GM Jeff Ireland has been working the phones with over a dozen teams in the past 10 days, I'm told.

What does this mean? The Dolphins are trying to dump players they have no plans of keeping and perhaps get a draft pick for that player. And they're trying to pick up the right player at whatever position the braintrust has identified as needing help.

And where do the Dolphins need help?

A dynamic kick returner would be nice. Now that the Chris Williams experiment is over, the Dolphins are back to last year's plan. They're looking at Davone Bess as the likely punt returner and Ted Ginn or Patrick Cobbs or perhaps Lex Hilliard as the kickoff returner.

That is not optimal anywhere you turn.

Bess is quick but by no means fast. He lacks the elite speed to turn a 7-yard punt return into a 70-yard punt return. That's the reason Williams was attractive until punts starting hitting him in the facemask.

On kickoffs, the Dolphins aren't thrilled about using Ginn as the returner knowing he's going to be working in most receiver packages. Cobbs is OK and Hilliard is both unproven and not exactly fast. So Miami covets someone who can tilt the field in its favor either on punts, or kicks, and preferably on both.

Where else could the Dolphins use an upgrade?

The team still would like a sold run-stopping strongside linebacker. I know, I know, Jason Taylor is starting there. And yes, Jason, you've made the team, dude so now it's time to find something else to drive you a bit.

But remember the plan was originally to let Taylor be Taylor on passing downs so he wouldn't risk injury, so he wouldn't fade late in the season, so the Dolphins could assure themselves of getting every available ounce of what Taylor has done best -- chase quarterbacks.

Of course, Matt Roth's mysterious groin issue changed that plan. But what if the Dolphins can find someone else to play strong at the point of attack and hold the edge and give Taylor the luxury of bringing it on with his pass rushes? If Roth were to return to his expected role, we might find ourselves looking at the original plan again. But Roth now seems as likely to be somehow off the roster as on so it would be wrong to count on him.

I don't know if the Dolphins feel a need to trade for help on offense. Not that they don't need it. If you've read this blog, you know the receiver corps lacks a playmaker. But those aren't likely to be available now unless they are named Brandon Marshall and that deal seems unlikely for Miami.

The Dolphins might add backup OL help or maybe try to upgrade the TE corps by picking up a player cut from other teams. But I don't see them giving away draft picks for those players at this point. I still think it would have been nice to add Brian Waters of KC but that doesn't seem likely, either.

So what about the other side of the proverbial coin?

Where are the Dolphins seemingly strong enough to deal away a player another team might want?

Look no further than DE. The Dolphins have Kendall Langford, Randy Starks, Phillip Merling, Tony McDaniel, Lionel Dotson, Rodrique Wright and Ryan Baker on the squad right now. All seven of those guys are not going to make the roster.

Maybe Rodrique Wright has value somewhere. Maybe somebody gives up a seventh-round pick for Ryan Baker. Maybe some needy 3-4 team gets a crazy notion that Dotson can be a starter and offers a fifth-round pick for the guy. Who knows? The point is anything can happen.

And this is the time in the preseason when something often does.


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All the Jets need is a QB, a manager and an NFL team. Other than that, they look wonderful.....

boulderfinfan that is a loser attitude, we go 12-4 this year and repeat division champs.

Yeah our special teams tackling has been poor thus far in preseason. I would hate to lose games this season because we can't tackle.

Dear Mr. Knight that says Ni!

" I am going to become honorary king of this blog's comments section. You will bow to me and you will praise everything I say. Also, if I don't agree with you, you will be banished."

Apon your coronation I will present Thee with ...... A Shrubbary.

Soiled :)

Mr. Knight sounds alot like NJ...hmmm....hmmmm.

Ahahahaha why is there a jets fan on here talking about Sanchez kicking the Dolphins as he so abruptly put it "ass" you have got to be kidding me obviously you havent watched Sanchez play he is beyond terrible he is pure garbage loom how he handles the blitz, throw a pick on the first play, hahaha please. I would like the fins to go after Boldin next season we will have the money plus hes a Florida native who would love to come back, i also say we trade white and someone else for a top pick to get teabow I would much rather have teabow running the wildcat then white.


NJ PHIN HAS no job,between this blog and the SS all day and night .
he owns a gym in his mom's basement .

What is a Jet fan doing here?!?! I cheered when they named Sanchito as the Starter. Clemens has the experience and is better than Sanchito, It will be good to embarrass the Jet's on a Monday night and shut these delusional Jet fans out of here. Sanchito will be throwing alot of Touchdowns this season ~ To the other teams Defense. I keep telling these dumb Jet fans that USC is in my backyard and the only Legit QB to come out of USC the last decade has been Carson Palmer. Sanchito is much like Lienart when he came out, a pre-maddonna. Sanchito will implode soon enough.


You are pretty smart guy to figure out NJ uses multiple aliases. What are the names he uses so we can becareful of him. Thank you

cubano what is SS?

Da Trut from Joisey don't know nothing. Your expectacions are way off. Its obious that you don't know sh**.

rob, beware before I seal your mouth shut you idiot.

Go back to "joisery" hatin ass wanker. Sanchez is garbage. Fake ass football analyst

Cuban menace or cubano or whoever you are for that day , you should be the last idiot loser talking. While i post from either of my business ( and making money while i'm at it ) , you're at home , in mommy's basement trolling blogs 24/7 blogging under multiple names and actually having convesations with yourself. LMFAO ! So sad and pathetic. Who's the f'n loser now. LMFAO ! I now that was you on the SS. Do yourself a favor , go get a job ot at least a Hobby. it will do your brain some good.

I also forgot the impersonating bloggers part. That's why nobody comes here anymore. i used to think you were a little funny and and maybe a blogger friend because we are from the same area. But your jealousy of me about football and my personal live ( my business's and homes ) has obviously has gotten the better of you . LOl! sad and pathetic ! maybe you're just unable to grow up . LMFAO ! I will no longer play yout baby games. You're nothing !

Cuban menace / c / cubano .It's so funny. I wasn't even on here earlier until now , but i'm obviously on your mind 24/7 beacuse you were talking about me all morning. What a f'n loser, LMFAO! Don't cry.


I think you hit a nerve with NJ. Look how mad he get. I starting to think maybe what you say is true. He is very predictable, always talking about his business, blah, blah, blah.

Watch, now he will accuse me of be you.

Go Dolphins! Cobbs for return kicks!

Cuban and NJ having back break up. It always sad to see good couples split like this.

Bad breakup

if you forgive me for the posts that got you mad . i will let you know who i am .

What's up wit Charlie Anderson? I thought he had started out camp really well but havent heard a thing bout him lately..Does he have alot of special team value? damn we have alot of depth at OLB, i hope to see alot of Quentin Moses tonight after all ive been hearin bout him

whatever happened to Dante Hall? The Ex-Chief?


Someone at the Herald is seriously screwed up. The headline says the Bucs are beating the Dolphins 10-3. Last I looked, it was Dolphins 1-, Tampa 6.

i love the name jets writes:
"Sanchez will kick your ass and send your lousy fish back to 3-13"
Back? Football has changed since '69 there woodstock. Dolphins haven't seen a 3 win season since. Unlike you jets fans who have seen 1-15, 3-13, and 4-12 (twice) since '95.

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