Why The Dolphins Fire-Sale Makes Sense...For Now

By Andrew Walbrown
Sep. 03, 2019

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Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

In case you have been living under a rock or away on vacation over the past month, the Miami Dolphins have been making trades like it's going out of style. LT Laremy Tunsil and WR Kenny Stills went to the Texans, while LB Kiko Alonso went to the Saints. For many Dolphins fans, this is a sign of terrible days to come. For others, like myself, it is a necessity that has been a long time coming. Here's the reasons why y'all shouldn't be freaking out too much just yet.

1. Miami wasn't going to compete this year anyway. Despite what many people wanted to believe over the past decade, Miami hasn't been in a position to compete since Dan Marino. Oh sure, there were a few decent years here and there (see: Ricky Williams) but Miami has long been a franchise flirting with the playoffs and not in any real consideration for the Super Bowl. Even with Tunsil, Stills, and Nash (ahem, I mean Kiko), they were still projected as a top 3 pick in the 2020 draft. So did it really hurt the franchise that much?

2. The return value was too great to pass up on. Seriously everyone. Miami got 2 first rounders and a second rounder from the Texans for Tunsil and Stills. That's roughly what the Raiders got for Khalil Mack, who is one of, if not the best, player at his position in the game. Can the same be said about Tunsil and/or Stills? Exactly.

3. Houston's future draft position. "But Houston is going to be really good! We essentially got second round picks for those guys!" I hear you Paranoid Dolphins fan, but let's step back for a second. First of all, there's no guarantee Houston is going to be any decent this coming year. Oh sure, on paper they look pretty good, and now that Andrew Luck is gone they stand a better chance of winning the division. But you know what? Houston is also one major injury to DeShaun Watson away from being a Top 5 pick in the 2020 draft. Remember two years ago when they were doing great and he took a bad hit and then BAM they were winless for the rest of the season? Miami actually made a fairly smart move trading with Houston. Not only are they a borderline playoff team with high aspirations, they also are an injury away (the dude has a history) from being a HIGH draft pick. Worst comes to worst, Miami gets a couple mid-20s draft picks. Best case scenario? Miami gets more Top 10 picks. Imagine if Watson gets injured early on and the Texans bomb to a 3-13 record. Miami could have the top 2 picks in the 2020 draft. Insane, right?

But, once again, I say this is a good idea "for now." It largely depends on what the Dolphins do with those picks. Nail them and this is a franchise that will finally escape mediocrity, miss and it'll be another decade of nameless QBs, Coaches, and GMs.