Monday, March 22, 2010
Report: Fins trying to trade Smiley
By Tim Graham
In March 2008, the new Miami Dolphins administration made Justin Smiley their first big free-agent acquisition, waiting one whole minute after the market opened at midnight to sign the San Francisco 49ers guard to a five-year, $25 million contract.
Two years later, Smiley reportedly is no longer welcome.
Edgar Thompson of the Palm Beach Post, citing an unnamed source close to the team, reports the Dolphins told Smiley on Saturday he wasn't welcome at the training facility for offseason workouts because they're trying to trade him.
The Dolphins signed free-agent guard Richie Incognito last week. The belief at the time was that Incognito would compete for the right guard opening with Donald Thomas, who lost his job in Week 14 to Nate Garner.
Both guard spots apparently are up for grabs. Smiley was the Dolphins' best guard when healthy, but he missed four games in 2008 and one game (plus four starts) last year because of leg and shoulder injuries.