Miami Dolphins have a bad history with wide-receiver trades since 2004

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 26: Jarvis Landry
FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 26: Jarvis Landry /
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MIAMI GARDENS, FL – NOVEMBER 13: Wide receiver Mike Wallace
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – NOVEMBER 13: Wide receiver Mike Wallace /

2015 – Mike Wallace

2015 – Kenny Stills 

Chemistry is the most important thing needed between a wide-receiver and a quarterback. Mike Wallace and Ryan Tannehill had absolutely zero chemistry between them. Miami surprised everyone with a monster trade on the eve of the 2013 free agency start when they signed him to a big contract.

Wallace was supposed to give Tannehill that deep threat receiver that Miami lacked but the two were rarely able to connect. In practices Wallace told the media that he never bothered to run full speed which hurt the dynamics between he and a young Tannehill who was in only his 2nd season.

Wallace’s antics were well documented on the field and his efforts consistently lacked. In 2015 the Dolphins decided they had enough and traded the disgruntled receiver to the Vikings for a 5th round draft pick that they would use on RB Jay Ajayi. Ajayi of course was traded at the 2017 trade deadline after a stellar 2016 season. Wallace now plays for the Ravens after one extremely disappointing season with the Vikings.

The Dolphins needed to replace Wallace and made a trade with the Saints for receiver Kenny Stills. Stills was still on his on rookie deal and was not playing up his draft billing in New Orleans. Miami took on his rookie contract and after the 2016 season the Dolphins signed him to an extension. Still has posted over 2,000 yards as a Dolphins but is the Dolphins best outside receiver threat.

The trade was a good one for the Dolphins despite sending a 3rd round pick and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe to the Saints.