Here is a look at the trades since 2002 and what those players are doing now vs. who the Dolphins have in their place…in most cases, there is no one left in their places.
2002 through 2003 were compliments of Dave Wannstedt. 2004 belongs to Rick Speilman. 2005 through 2006 are all Nick Sabans and of course 2007 belongs to Cam Cameron “Couldn’t” and Randy Mueller. Guess what happened after that? Take a deeper look and see for yourself.
2002 – For a 7th round pick, the Dolphins acquired QB Sage Rosenfels. The Dolphins would allow Rosenfels to walk out of Miami a free agent a few years later. So, where is Sage now? As part of the Houston Texans, Rosenfels almost became a Viking after GM Rick Speilman tried to trade for him this off-season. The Texans demanded more than what Speilman was willing to give up.
2003 – The Dolphins shipped a 5th round pick to San Diego for LB Junior Seau. Miami never would get the Hall of Fame Junior Seau but would get decent service out of him. Seau of course would retire 2 years later only to join the Patriots. Where is he now? Retired.
2004 – The Dolphins would make several moves this off-season that would drive the Phins toward the abyss. The first trade sent the 3rd pick in round 2 to Philadelphia for QB AJ Feely. Feely would never make an impact for the Dolphins, at least a positive one, and a short year later would be shipped to San Diego along with a 6th round pick for Cleo Lemon. Where is Feely now? Back in Philadelphia after being cut by SD.
2004 – David Boston. The Dolphins would send a 6th round pick and former number 1 pick Jamar Fletcher to the Bolts for the muscular WR. Boston would spend most of his time injured and never make an impact on the team. Where is he now? Out of football after being released by the Dolphins a short couple of seasons later.
2004 – Adewale Ogunleye was the bookend Pro-Bowl DE that was holding out for a new contract. The Dolphins refused to pay it and instead traded the Pro-bowler to the Chicago Bears for a 3rd round pick and WR Marty Booker. While at the time the trade seemed like a good one, Booker never lived up to his Pro-Bowl potential and Ogunleye is still a force on Chicago’s vaunted defense. Where is Ogun now? Still in Chicago starting. Where is Marty Booker now? Back in Chicago for one last season, he is not making an impact.
2004 – Lamar Gordon was trade for after the Dolphins lost their starting RB, Ricky Williams, to an early retirement and drug suspension. Gordon would be injured before ever making an impact. The price was the 3rd round pick the Dolphins received for Ogunleye in the Chicago trade. Gordon would be gone in less than two years. Where is Lamar Gordon now? Out of football.
2005 - Patrick Surtain was a fan favorite and perennial pro-bowler who had one year left on his contract. New HC Nick Saban, without a 2nd round draft pick from the AJ Feely trade a year before, shipped Surtain to the KC Chiefs for a 2nd and a 5th. The 2nd round pick was used on DE/LB Matt Roth and the 5th on OL Anthony Alabi. So where are they now? Surtain is still starting in KC but ask the Chiefs and they are none too happy about the deal. Surtain has never played to the level he did in Miami and his career appears to be all but officially over in KC and maybe the NFL. Matt Roth has received much criticism over the last 3 years but it appears that he is finding himself in the Dolphins new 34 defense as a LB. Anthony Alabi was cut this season by the Green Bay Packers after being signed in the off-season.
2005 – Cleo Lemon was brought in by Nick Saban and it only cost the Dolphins a 6th round pick and 2nd round trade QB AJ Feely. Cleo would make very little impact for the Dolphins and his lone win would also be the Miami Dolphins only win of the 2007 season. He would be a free agent in this past off-season but would not be resigned. Where is Cleo now? He signed a rather large contract with Jacksonville as a back-up where he is struggling.
2006 - Daunte Culpepper was coming off a major knee injury that put him on IR in Minnesota the year before. Nick Saban threw caution to the wind and passed on free agent Drew Brees for the QB with the healthier arm. Culpepper would spend his only season in Miami injured after game 4. He cost the Dolphins a 2nd round draft pick. Where is Culpepper now? After being released last training camp by Randy Mueller and Cam Cameron, Culpepper signed with the Raiders where his only good game was against the Dolphins in MIami. Culpepper has “retired” from football after Emailing the media saying no one would give him a fair opportunity to start. In typical DC fashion, he refused to workout for teams without being told up front he would start.
2006 - Joey Harrington would QB number 2 for the Dolphins and would throw more touchdowns to the opposition than he would for the Dolphins. Rather than wait for Joey H to become a free agent, the Dolphins would send Detroit a 5th round draft pick instead. Harrington would make it through one Miami season before being released. Where is he now? Harrington bounced around a bit last year landing with Atlanta and then being released earlier this season. He signed a deal with the New Orleans Saints a week ago to back up Drew Brees.
2007 – No trade mentioned above had more Dolphins fans screaming bloody murder than the trade of Wes Welker to the New England Patriots. Still a topic of hot debate a year later, fans have taken sides on two different arguments that neither have resolved. Would the Patriots have kept the poison pill offer on the table to guarantee the WR 35 million had Miami not accepted the 2nd and 7th round comp package that was offered? Who knows. Was it Nick Sabans fault for not signing Welker to an extension the year before? In any event, the Patriots got a key component of their perfect regular season team last year. Where is he now? Still catching ball in New England.
- With the 2nd pick the Dolphins received from New England, the Phins drafted Center Samson Satele who is starting his second season with the Phins. He started all 16 games last season as a rookie. Satele’s future is still uncertain, but his play has caught the attention of the HC.
- The Dolphins used the 76th round pick to select DL Abraham Wright. Wright is no longer with the team being released this past off-season.