- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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Colleague Field Yates puts on his general manager's hat and draws up five trades that should happen (but likely won't) in an Insider piece. One of the deals involves the Patriots, sending offensive tackle Marcus Cannon to the Dolphins in exchange for defensive tackle Jared Odrick.
As Field notes, a deal within the division is unusual, but that's how the Patriots acquired receiver Wes Welker in 2007. The team also made a draft-day swap with Miami in 2003, sending a third-round pick to the Dolphins for a second-rounder the following year.
Adding a little twist to the piece is the economic component, as Cannon enters the final year of his contract and is scheduled to earn $693,843 in 2014. Odrick, who had some success against Patriots left guard Logan Mankins last season, also enters the last year of his deal and is on the books for $1.54 million.
Odrick was selected 28th overall in the 2010 draft, one selection after the Patriots tabbed Devin McCourty. Cannon was a fifth-rounder in 2011 who has come on and adds important insurance in the event starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer has a setback in his recovery from a broken ankle.
You make the call: Would you make this deal?