Miami Dolphins: 5 creative trades before the 2021 NFL Draft
By Jeremy Klump
1.The Miami Dolphins trade pick 156 and Jakeem Grant to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for running back Ronald Jones.
This is another one of my favorite creative trades in this article, and just like the trade to Seattle, the reasoning behind it all makes it fun and possible.
Let’s start with Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones. Even if Tampa would tell you they trust him or want him, they are lying to you. Please don’t listen to their words, but instead, watch what they are doing.
Tampa Bay drafted Jones in the 2nd round of the 2018 NFL Draft. His rookie season was a disaster, but he improved in year 2. Year 3, he broke out, rushing for 978 yards and seven touchdowns in 2020. He averaged a career-high 5.1 yards per carry, and he did this all in only 14 games.
You would think that would make the team happy, but Tampa Bay has re-signed Leonard Fournette (Lombardi Lenny). They also signed free agent running back Giovanni Bernard this offseason. Along with that, they drafted Ke’Shawn Vaughn in the 3rd round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
The writing is on the wall that someone needs to leave, and it only makes sense for it to be Jones. That is why Miami needs to get creative and make a move for him.
Adding Jones to Miami’s offense would be awesome, and they’d have a bell-cow type running back fans have wanted. Jones is only 23 years old too, so if the trade would work, they could have him for a solid four years.
They give up pick 156 in this trade, and they save about $2.6 million by getting rid of wide receiver Jakeem Grant. Tampa Bay would love another weapon, and Grant would give them value on special teams too.
Miami should 100% check in with Tampa Bay to see what Ronald Jones would cost them because adding him would be huge for the Dolphins’ offense.