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Report: Dolphins receiving trade interest in No. 6 pick

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The Miami Dolphins have already moved down once in the NFL Draft, and they may be poised do to so again.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Dolphins have received multiple calls from teams interested in moving up for the No. 6 overall pick. The Dolphins are said to be “considering” the possibility, but nothing is clear yet.

There are multiple reasons that a team might want to jump up for the sixth pick. Much has been made of the top four quarterbacks in the draft, and there is an outside chance one could still be on the board there. While quarterbacks are set to go in picks 1-3, the Atlanta Falcons are no guarantee to select one, though a trade is possible there as well. The Cincinnati Bengals, set to pick at No. 5, are set with Joe Burrow, so a quarterback could be sitting there at No. 6 if the Falcons don’t trade out or pick one themselves. That would likely be an ideal scenario for Miami, who could then demand a pretty sizable package for the pick.

Of course, some other teams might have non-quarterback targets at No. 6. It all makes for a very interesting scenario ahead of the draft.

Laremy Tunsil reacts to joke about his role in Dolphins’ draft haul

Laremy Tunsil

The Miami Dolphins are loaded with future draft picks, and in a certain sense, they have one person to thank for it.

After making two major trades on Friday, the Dolphins have two first-round picks in both 2021 and 2023, and also have extra picks in later rounds in the next two years. This all started when the team traded Laremy Tunsil to the Houston Texans in September 2019.

At that time, the Dolphins traded Tunsil in exchange for Houston’s first-round picks in 2020 and 2021. It was Houston’s pick that Miami dealt to San Francisco in a trade that netted them two additional first-round picks from the 49ers. That allowed the Dolphins to trade back up, surrendering their own first-round pick in 2022 and the No. 12 pick in 2020 to move up to No. 6. Because of the trade with San Francisco, the Dolphins still have a first-round pick next season through the Niners.

Tunsil shared a hilarious image depicting a statue of himself outside of Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium in recognition of the draft haul he inadvertently helped the Dolphins assemble.

The Tunsil trade has been getting better and better for Miami ever since they made it. Even they probably couldn’t have expected it to work out as well as it has. They have to get the draft picks right, but if they do and build a contender on the back of them, Tunsil probably deserves some acknowledgement for it.

Dolphins trade back into top 10 of draft via swap with Eagles

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The Miami Dolphins traded out of the top 10 of this year’s NFL Draft when they completed a blockbuster deal with the San Francisco 49ers on Friday, but they were back in just minutes later.

Shortly after it was reported that the Dolphins had traded the No. 3 overall pick to the San Francisco 49ers for the 12th overall pick and future picks, the Philadelphia Eagles announced that they had completed a trade of their own with Miami. That deal involves the Dolphins flipping the No. 12 pick to Philly in exchange for the No. 6 pick. The Eagles are also getting a future first-round pick in the deal.

The Dolphins look like the big winners here. They essentially acquired a future first-round pick to move back three spots in the draft. Since they are committed to Tua Tagovailoa and not looking to draft a quarterback, they were in a great position to make the deals. Miami also still has the 18th overall pick in the first round this year in addition to No. 6.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Eagles also expressed interest in moving up to No. 3, but they only wanted to do that if they were assured to land BYU’s Zach Wilson.

The NFL Draft is still more than a month away, but teams are already wheeling and dealing.

Dolphins, 49ers swap first-round picks in blockbuster pre-draft trade

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The NFL Draft is still more than a month away, but we already have our first blockbuster trade of the event.

The Miami Dolphins have traded the No. 3 overall pick in the draft to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for the No. 12 overall pick, a third-round pick and two future first-round picks. ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report the deal.

The Dolphins still have a first-round pick this year, as they also have their own pick at No. 18. The third overall pick was one they had acquired from the Houston Texans in a previous trade.

With the move, the 49ers are obviously targeting a quarterback in this year’s draft. Schefter reports that they do not have one specific QB in mind and are happy with multiple players at the position who could be available third overall. The NFL insider also notes that San Francisco has no plans to trade Jimmy Garoppolo at this time.

It would be a shock if the Niners are not at least listening to offers for Garoppolo. Their decision to give up a ton of draft capital to move up this year is a clear signal that they do not believe he is their quarterback of the future. General manager John Lynch said recently that he still feels Jimmy G. is the guy, but that is now even harder to believe.

We know of at least one team that has been repeatedly linked to Garoppolo, so that will be worth monitoring.

Report: Isaiah Wilson cut by Dolphins three days after trade

Isaiah Wilson

The Miami Dolphins tried to help Isaiah Wilson get his career on track, but have given up after just three days.

According to Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins cut Wilson just three days after acquiring him from the Tennessee Titans for a late-round draft pick. Wilson, a first-round pick in last year’s NFL Draft, reportedly spurned the team’s efforts to help him overcome the issues that he exhibited with the Titans.

Since being traded to Miami, Wilson had arrived late for both his physical and his team orientation. He had also been absent for two optional workouts he had pledged to attend.

To make matters worse, video was posted to Wilson’s Instagram on Friday that appeared to depict the offensive lineman vaping and dancing on top of a car.

Things were bad enough that the source told Beasley that Wilson would have been cut even if the video had not been posted.

Wilson’s rookie year with Tennessee was a disaster of epic proportions. With all that’s happened, don’t expect any other teams to take a flier on him. He looks to be heading out of the NFL less than a year after being drafted.

Texans trade Benardrick McKinney to Dolphins for Shaq Lawson

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The Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins have agreed to a trade, but it is not one that involves star quarterback Deshaun Watson.

The Texans are trading linebacker Benardrick McKinney to Miami in exchange for pass-rusher Shaq Lawson, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. The teams are also swapping late-round draft picks.

McKinney received permission in recent days to seek a trade, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. The Tennessee Titans also showed interest in the former second-round pick.

McKinney underwent shoulder surgery last October and missed the remainder of the 2020 season. He averaged more than 100 total tackles per season in each of his previous four before that.

Lawson, a former No. 19 overall pick of the Buffalo Bills, had four sacks in 14 games last season.

It is hardly a surprise that McKinney wanted to be traded, as several veteran players reportedly want out of Houston. Watson, of course, is the most notable of the bunch.

Dolphins want to bring back Ryan Fitzpatrick

Ryan Fitzpatrick

The Miami Dolphins let Ryan Fitzpatrick walk this offseason, but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t bring him back if they can.

Dolphins coach Brian Flores said Thursday that the team would like to have Fitzpatrick back, presumably as a backup to Tua Tagovailoa.

Beyond the salary cap issue, there is the question of whether Fitzpatrick would want to return to Miami. He would probably rather go somewhere he would have a chance to win the starting job, and the Dolphins seem set on Tagovailoa right now. Plus, there’s the risk of the Dolphins swinging a major trade and bringing in someone Fitzpatrick would have no chance of competing with.

Fitzpatrick showed he could still play in 2020, throwing for 2,091 yards and 13 touchdowns in seven starts for the Dolphins. There was some chatter that the 38-year-old could retire, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.

Dolphins reportedly ‘all-in’ on Deshaun Watson trade

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The Miami Dolphins have been mentioned as one of the most logical suitors for Deshaun Watson, and it sounds like they have not given up on the idea of landing him this offseason.

Even as the Houston Texans continue to insist they will not trade Watson, Chris Simms of NBC Sports has been told the Dolphins are not giving up. Simms said on Tuesday’s “ProFootballTalk Live” podcast that sources have told him Miami still wants Watson.

“I do think that Miami is going to go all-in on trying to get Deshaun Watson. I do,” Simms said, via Dan Lyons of The Spun. “I got that sense from people I trust around the league. So I don’t look at them as drafting a quarterback.”

Many around the NFL believe the Texans are simply playing hardball. With Watson reportedly willing to skip regular season games, they may eventually have no choice but to deal him.

If Houston does cave, the Dolphins make sense as a trade partner. They have both the No. 3 and No. 18 overall in next month’s draft. Miami could also include Tua Tagovailoa in the deal, which would leave the Texans with a potential long-term solution at quarterback. Or, Houston could draft a QB third overall this year.

Miami is on Watson’s list of preferred trade destinations, and he has been spending a lot of time there this offseason. There’s at least a chance he may be calling it home in the near future.

Isaiah Wilson traded from Titans to Dolphins

Isaiah Wilson

The Miami Dolphins are taking a chance on Tennessee Titans draft bust Isaiah Wilson.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Dolphins have acquired Wilson from the Titans, and the two teams have also swapped unspecified draft picks as part of the deal.

The Titans selected Wilson 29th overall in last year’s NFL Draft, but things went wrong pretty much from the start. The offensive lineman was caught partying multiple times despite COVID-19 restrictions, and was also arrested for driving under the influence. When Wilson tweeted he was finished with the organization, the feeling from the Titans seemed to be mutual.

Wilson was a first-round pick for a reason. If the Dolphins can salvage his career, this could end up being a savvy piece of business for them. That’s largely dependent on Wilson recommitting, though.

Kyle Van Noy surprisingly released by Dolphins

Kyle Van Noy

The Miami Dolphins seemed like they envisioned Kyle Van Noy as a cornerstone of their defense when they signed him to a big contract last year, but they are already moving on from the veteran linebacker.

Van Noy was informed by the Dolphins on Tuesday that he is being released, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.

Van Noy played just one season of a four-year, $51 million contract he signed last offseason. The Dolphins paid him $30 million guaranteed, but releasing him frees up nearly $10 million in cap space.

The 29-year-old Van Noy played under Dolphins head coach Brian Flores when Flores was the defensive coordinator with the New England Patriots, so the signing made a lot of sense for Miami. Van Noy played in 14 games for Miami last season and recorded 69 total tackles, six sacks and two forced fumbles.

The Dolphins currently have about $22 million in salary cap space, so releasing Van Noy should bring them closer to $30 million. That will allow them more flexibility this offseason.