In One Guard And Out The Other
By Brian Miller
The Miami Dolphins have been a rather busy bunch today. Thankfully they decided to wait until I got back home from vacation. Something they have not been so kind about in the past. I’m joking of course but my reality sure seems that way. So by now you know that the Phins have traded guard Justin Smiley to the Jacksonville Jaguars, well as one guard leaves, another arrives.
The Dolphins have signed former Dallas Cowboy guard, Cory Procter. Procter was on the Dallas squad while current Dolphins HC Tony Sparano was the line coach in Big “D”. A versatile lineman, Procter can play both guard spots and center if needed. He will add depth to a strong unit that some in NFL circles believe is already a top 5 offensive line.
While Procter is the big news of the moment, the real gem is the trade of Justin Smiley. The Dolphins held off releasing him in the hopes of getting something back for him. An erroneous pre-draft report made mention of the Dolphins saying Smiley’s injured shoulder was completely shot. The report may have dealt the Phins a draft day trade blow. Instead, GM Jeff Ireland stayed the course and while Smiley stayed away, quietly worked on making a deal.
The trade is contingent on Smiley being able to pass a physical which isn’t a guarantee. The next question that will arise is the compensation that the Dolphins will receive. Originally, the Dolphins wanted a 3rd round pick for the big physical lineman, but it appears more likely that the team will have to accept something around a 6th or a 7th. Anything more would be a steal in the Dolphins favor.
Smiley is 28 years old and if he can remain healthy, something he hasn’t done in the last 3 seasons, he can be a force. Of course, the key word there is “if”.
The return on the trade will be conditional.
In other Dolphins related news, the Dallas Cowboys have reportedly contacted the Phins regarding WR Patrick Crayton. The Dolphins have made no public mention of the call and the close sources who reported the conversation have said it was only to gauge the interest that Miami may or may not have.
Crayton suddenly finds himself in a crowded group with the drafting of WR Dez Bryant and incumbents Miles Austin, Sam Hurd, and Roy Williams.
Crayton is currently seeking a trade out of Dallas and is refusing to attend voluntary activities.