The Miami Dolphins long ago made a trade for an undrafted 2nd year player named Larry Little. It turned out to be a very good trade for the Dolphins. But was it the best?
Our friends over at NFLMocks.com think the Larry Little trade is by far the best trade the Dolphins have ever made and it’s very hard to argue with the results.
Little arrived after two years in San Diego for a player the Dolphins had no intention on keeping. Defensive back Mack Lamb. Lamb. Lamb never played another single down in the NFL and well, Larry Little made the Pro-Football Hall of Fame.
Yes to say the trade was a massive landslide is without question.
The question is are the folks over NFLMocks correct in their belief that Little was and is the best trade the Dolphins have ever made?
The trade that sent Mack to San Diego was made shortly, as in literally, shortly, after the Dolphins traded a linebacker and quarterback to the Boston Patriots for LB Nick Buoniconti. Another trade that netted them a Hall of Fame player.
In 1970 the Dolphins sent a 3rd round pick to the Browns for Paul Warfield. A third Hall of Fame player. Scanning through the Dolphins history it’s hard to find any trade, even that of Ricky Williams, that comes close to comparison to the three trades mentioned above. Still, there is one that stands up to those three and perhaps eclipses it.
Call it a trade, call it whatever you want but when the Miami Dolphins signed Don Shula the NFL made the team compensate Baltimore. The 1st round draft pick in 1970 essentially made the deal a trade for Shula. In fact the Dolphins list the transaction in their annual media guide as a trade.
The deal for Larry Little was an amazing lopsided trade but the move that sent a first round pick to the Colts for the man who brought three consecutive Super Bowls stands out to be the best move the Dolphins have ever made.
Yeah if we are talking 100% pure trades, he’s at the top with Buoniconti a small hair behind.