Mike Tannenbaum mentioned wide receiver and cornerback as two Miami needs while doing a segment on the Joe Rose Show earlier this week.
The Dolphins are addressing the receiver part as they've traded for wide receiver Kenny Stills, per a league source.
The compensation for Stills is not known, but ProFootballTalk.com is reporting it is LB Dannell Ellerbe and a third-round draft pick that goes to New Orleans. I have not confirmed the compensation package.
[Update: Ellerbe tweeted his good-bye to Miami and excitement about his "new team" so obviously he is on the move.]
[Update: The Saints announced they traded Stills for Ellerbe and a Dolphins 2015 third-round pick.]
[Update: The Dolphins have announced this move as well.]
Stills is a young, 22, and productive wide receiver. He's also cheap on the salary cap.
Stills had 63 catches for 931 yards and three TDs in 2014. His career yards per catch average is 16.5 per catch, so yes, he is something of a deep threat.
Stills was a fifth- round pick in 2013.
That's the same offseason the Dolphins went crazy, cutting productive Karlos Dansby and signing Ellerbe to a five-year, $35 million deal in free agency.
The Dolphins never got their money's worth. Ellerbe was not the middle linebacker Miami hoped he'd be in 2013. He often was pushed around and was poor in coverage. Last year he was moved to outside linebacker but even that was a failure because Ellerbe suffered a season ending hip injury in the season opener.
If Ellerbe has indeed been traded, the Dolphins save $5.65 million of salary cap space with the move.