Thanks to reader Sean for first alerting me to this trade as it occurred on Sunday.
The Dolphins became the second team in as many years to give up on Shaq Lawson. I think Lawson was adequate, but he was the stud DE we were hoping for. By the way, I call him a DE. There is no such thing as an “Edge” like all the millenials like to call a defensive end nowadays! 🙂
So in the course of a week, the Dolphins cut a starting linebacker in Kyle Van Noy and a pass-rushing DE in Lawson. McKinney had some pro bowl years in the past, but has been limited lately. trading “similar” players for each other is not uncommon. My best guess is that Brian Flores saw a little more versatility in McKinney.
The Dolphins also signed a new punter form the Panthers. This probably means Matt Haack will be cut soon. Haack was good. He seemed to specialize in pinning teams inside their own 10 or 20. He was great at lofting a ball so the defenders could get under it and prevent it from going into the endzone. BUT…and here is a point I made very often during our season chats…he was not good when we needed him to boom the ball. He rarely changed field position. When you punt from your own 20, you don’t have to worry about placing the ball inside the opponent’s 10 yardline. You just drill the ball as far as you can, and this is where Haack was at his weakest. He was a finesse punter and not a power punter.
Still, let’s see how this plays out.