- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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After the Miami Dolphins traded another talented player -- former first-round pick Vontae Davis -- it was just a matter of time before veterans questioned if the team's goal was to make the playoffs this year. We wrote Monday about the Dolphins sending a message to their locker room that they are sacrificing 2012 for future seasons and the potential to rub veterans the wrong way.
Enter Karlos Dansby.
The Dolphins veteran linebacker questioned the release of former Miami receiver Chad Johnson and had another telling quote this week on the Davis trade.
"He's a great player, one of the best corners in the game,” Dansby said, according to the Miami Herald. "I'm not sure about the direction of the team. That's not my place. My place is to play hard and be the leader of men."
Veterans like Dansby, tailback Reggie Bush and Kevin Burnett want to win now. It's tough to tell a competitive veteran it's going to take two or three years before Miami is ready to make a playoff run. But with a rookie head coach, a new program and so many holes on the roster, that's the reality. It's clear in the way Miami is shaping its roster.