There was a hot rumour being circulated on ThePhinsider website which really doesn’t make that much sense to me. Andre Johnson, the Houston Texans Pro Bowl wide receiver has demanded a trade out of Texas, but why is the report stating the Dolphins are an ideal trade partner?
The Dolphins already have over $20 million of salary cap dedicated to their starting three wide receivers Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, and Brandon Gibson. Add in the fact that the Miami Dolphins selected Jarvis Landry in the second round of the 2014 NFL draft and a trade for Johnson makes no sense.
We all know that Johnson played at the University of Miami but it still doesn’t make any sense. Johnson will absorb roughly 15 million of our open cap space, and will cost the Dolphins either a selection of draft picks or core young players that the Dolphins are trying to develop in training camp. One thing to also mention is that Andre Johnson is on the wrong side of 30, 33 actually, and would cut into playing and development of our younger players.
The only thing that the Dolphins have is the cap space to accommodate this trade, but it would be foolish to even consider making this trade a reality. Mike Wallace is our clear cut number 1 alpha receiver, Hartline will hold onto his secondary role and a fight between Brandon Gibson and Jarvis Landry will settle the slot receiver role. The Dolphins also have a healthy competition brewing for the 5th and 6th wide receiver spot (between Damien Williams, Armon Binns and 6th round pick Matt Hazel)
Here is hoping that this rumor stays a rumor or remains the opinion of the original author. The Dolphins would be wise to pass on Andre Johnson and develop their existing players.
Somewhere, Cortland Finnegan is breathing a sign of relief.