Saturday, March 1, 2014
Thoughts on Dolphins trade rumors
By James Walker
MIAMI -- The Miami Dolphins have already been through a rough offseason and it’s only March. This is a franchise that recently fired its general manager, fired two assistant coaches and a head trainer, and had the 144-page Ted Wells report pull back the curtain on Miami’s questionable locker room culture.
But the offseason craziness with the Dolphins continued this week with a report from Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports.com indicating wide receiver Mike Wallace and defensive ends Cameron Wake and Dion Jordan are all on the trading block.
Here are some thoughts on Miami’s trade rumors:
- It’s difficult to believe the Dolphins and new general manager Dennis Hickey are discussing trades for all three players. Wake, Jordan and Wallace are among the most dynamic talents on the team, and good organizations do not dump talent unless it is rebuilding. The Dolphins have given no indication that they are in rebuild mode in 2014. Owner Stephen Ross is still upset the team collapsed at the end of the season and missed the playoffs. He wants to win now. Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin also is on the hot seat and must win in Year 3. Trading Wake, Jordan and Wallace would be awful for his job security.
- Miami has more than $30 million in cap room to spend this offseason. The Dolphins are in position to be major players in free agency for the second year in a row. The team is not desperate for salary dumps to get under the cap.
- Focusing on Wallace, he has an extremely high cap number of $17.25 million in 2014. That makes Wallace virtually untradable with other teams. Wallace signed a five-year, $60 million contract that was designed to keep him in Miami for at least three seasons. Based on his contact, this is probably the most difficult year to make such a move.
- If I had to pick one player of the group most tradable, it would be Jordan. Former Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland was enamored by Jordan in college and traded up to the No. 3 overall pick to get him. However, Miami’s coaching staff couldn’t figure out a good role for Jordan all year and used him as a rotational defensive end and special-teams player. There are plenty of coaches who would love to get their hands on a talent like Jordan, who also is relatively affordable thanks to the rookie wage scale. But I expect the Dolphins to try to make it work this year instead of giving up after one season.