To Trade Or Not To Trade


That is the question.  The league mandated trade deadline is close of business Tuesday.  The Miami Dolphins have shown enough over the last 3 games to believe that maybe, just maybe they may have their name mentioned later in the season when the NFL media coverage begins talking about and mapping out the Wildcard picture.  So does this mean that the Dolphins should give up on their plans to rebuild through the draft and make a trade?  

There are names out there, albeit high-profiled faces that the Dolphins made a point of avoiding this past free agent period.  In Philly, there is Lito Sheppard who although is not publicly on the block could still be had at the right price.  The Dolphins are in obvious need of a cornerback never so evident as in Sundays game against the Texans.  What outcome may we have seen if say Sheppard was on Johnson late instead of a safety?

Of course there is also Roy Williams from Detroit who is publicly on the trade block.  Williams will be an unrestricted free agent after the season and the Lions can not afford to tag him as a franchise player.  That means they can move him now and get something for nothing or hold on to him and get nothing at all.  The price is reportedly a 1st round pick.  Many believe it would only cost a 2nd, maybe a 3rd and a player.  The Dolphins have an obvious need for a big bodied WR who is proven.  The Dolphins WR’s are virtually absent from the field, even in the two games the team has won.

Then there is their own Ted Ginn.  Ginn has been invisible.  Unable to get off the line of scrimmage, unable to make good football decisions, not on the kick-off return teams and not on the punt return teams.  What is the value of the OSU product to Tony Sparano and Bill Parcells?  RIght now, there is none.  Not even a little.  Ginn would never get the Dolphins a 1st round pick, a 2nd round pick, and it would be surprising if he fetched a 3rd rounder.  A package of a pick and Ginn could work if the Dolphins targeted a player.

With the deadline 32 hours away the team will have to make a decision that will determine the direction this team takes this season and beyond.  A trade for a star body would improve the team now and for the future.  Each possibility does not come without risk.  The question is do they stay the course and build the team through the draft, or do they throw caution to the wind and let her fly?

The answer, complicated as it is, will come by tomorrow afternoon.

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  • ReTurn2Glory

    I am hoping they don’t make any trades at the deadline.  IMO it would be a mistake to give up high picks for the talent that is available.  There are still way too many holes in this roster for any 1 player to step in and take this team to the promise land. IMO the cost would be too great.  I would rather the team spend all their picks in the draft and continue building that way. 

  • http://www.miamidolphins.co.uk Shady

    Only trade I’d make would be to see if we can get anything for Hagan, Wilford or Ginn – although Ginns stock is so low right now I doubt we’d get a great deal.

    We’ve burned enough picks chasing victory around here. Let’s continue stockpiling draft picks and pick up some new blood for the secondary and receiver corps next year :)

  • nfldolphin

    Just wanted to let everybody know roy williams is a cowboy because parcells and ireland dont want to give up picks. I don’t understand the reasoning on not trying to trade to get some recivers or cornerbacks. I know everyone standards are low but it is just tiring watching the dolphins get burnt on defense. The offense can’t keep using the wildcat teams are catching on. This team is never going to win without trying to make big trades or giving guys big contracts in free agency. I understand they want to make the team young, but is it worth the cost of the team sucking every year.

  • idahomer

    The Cowboys gave Detroit a 1st, 3rd, and 6th for Williams and a 7th..  That trade is almost as bad as what Minn gave Dallas for Hercel Walker..  Watch the Cowboys implode now that they have Williams and TO both crying for the ball.  Good news is maybe we can get one of Dallas’ young WR’s for Beck now.