The Miami Dolphins made a statement by trading a former number one draft pick, Vontae Davis, to the Indianapolis Colts for two draft picks in the 2013 NFL draft. The only question is, what kind of statement have they made? As a huge fan of the Miami Dolphins, I am not agreeing with those who say this move is a bad one. In fact, I think this move shows the Miami Dolphins are serious about winning and serious about it this season.
Who's Not Motivated?
Some in the sports world are viewing this trade as the Dolphins organization stating just how unmotivated they really are. However, I would argue that point as I think it is Davis who is the unmotivated factor in this story.
In fact, Vontae Davis and trouble with the Miami Dolphins is nothing new. In the past he got in a fight with former Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall and also had his fill of team rules violations. His latest defiance of the Fins was coming into training camp out of shape, which ended up costing him his starting spot. If that's not a player who is unmotivated, then I don't know what is.
Looking to Deal Now
I guess I can see how some might think that the Fins trading a player now for future picks could be construed as throwing up the white flag of surrender for the 2012 season and looking to the future. However, considering the fact that the Dolphins have no notable names at the wide receiver position and general manager Jeff Ireland has stated these picks give the organization fire power, I think the opposite can be seen. Whether or not the Dolphins can get a marquee name at wide receiver this late in the game is suspect, but Ireland has a point and at least seems to be looking to deal now.
Making the Most of a Bad Situation
Being a Dolphins fan, I saw the potential in this move from the get-go. With a troubled player, who obviously isn't happy with the team, sometimes it is better to get what you can for them while you can. In this case, a second round pick and a late round conditional pick is a steal for the Dolphins. Think about it, Davis was set to ride the pine and the situation with him and the club would have likely only deteriorated as the 2012 season dragged on. In the end, the Fins might have been lucky to get a punter for him, but by trading him now, they secure the biggest bang for their trading buck.
While I'm not any more optimistic about the Dolphins' season after this trade, I am also not any more pessimistic. I think either way the Fins are in for an uphill battle, but at least they have a couple more picks to use for a big name receiver this year or in the draft next year. Now the only question is whether or not they do the right thing with those picks, but that is a whole other scenario.
Jimmy Collins has been a loyal "Dolfan" and fan of the NFL since he was six years old when he met Dan Marino and several other Miami Dolphins players. Still a resident of South Florida, he attends numerous Miami Dolphins games each season and enjoys writing about the NFL and the Miami Dolphins in particular.
More from this contributor:
- Sports & Recreation
- American Football
- Miami Dolphins
- Vontae Davis