Jul 25, 2014; Mankato, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman watches drills at training camp at Minnesota State University. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
A.J. Feeley for a 2nd – 2004
Dave Wannstedt wasn’t the only one making bad decisions in the early 2000’s. Wannstedt hand-picked Dan Marino’s successor in Jay Fiedler but the start of the 2004 season saw Miami strip Wannstedt of his personnel power. That burden now fell on Rick Spielman. Spielman immediately traded for a new quarterback that would force the hand of Wannstedt to move on from Fiedler. On March 3rd, Spielman traded the Dolphins 2nd round draft pick for back-up A.J. Feeley who had a decent season in 2003 coming off the bench.
To be fair, Feeley was viewed as an up and coming star in the NFL but the Dolphins were grasping at straws. The 2004 trade netted the Dolphins nothing. Fiedler would start the season but Feeley would come in to take over finishing the season with 11 starts. Feeley was just awful in his one season with the Dolphins and in October of 2005, one season after trading a 2nd round pick for the quarterback, Feeley was traded along with a 6th round pick in 2006 to the San Diego Chargers for Cleo Lemon.
Yes you read that right.
Feeley wouldn’t play in 2005 and in 2006 would be back in Philadelphia as the teams back-up quarterback. Cleo Lemon would spend two forgettable seasons in Miami.
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