The NFL year doesn’t officially begin until Wednesday, March 9, so nothing can be set in stone yet. However, deals can still be made (but not officially announced) earlier. I was waiting until things became official, but it seems like everyone else is reporting it, so here goes:
So we’ve learned the the Dolphins are acquiring a couple of position-needed players from the Eagles: LB Kiko Alonso and DB Byron Maxwell.
As most media sites are reporting, both Alonso and Maxwell had poor years last season, especially given their high salaries. But a new home in a new environment often leads to a new outlook on life, and we can hope they both blend in well.
Personally, I’d rather take guys like this after another team gave up on them after so-so years (Brent Grimes, Brandon Albert) instead of guys who came off great years (Phillip Wheeler, Danelle Ellerbe).
The main mystery in this deal is what the Dolphins are trading. These are not free agent signings. This is a trade, and we have to give up something pretty valuable (I imagine) to obtain two starting defenders.
No matter what we give up, Kiko is already the Dolphins’ best linebacker. Maxwell is at least tied for our best CB with Brent Grimes. Maxwell could break his leg tomorrow still be more productive than Jamar Taylor.
Another question will be if Grimes stays on the team. Sport Illustrated is reporting that Miami will cut him Wednesday. The Dolphins haven’t cut a current Pro Bowler since the Philbin era, so it will be interesting to see if the Adam Gase era begins by getting rid of another Pro Bowler. Let’s hope not.
It’s difficult to evaluate this trade until we find out what the Dolphins gave up. But I love the fact that we got two players at positions where we definitely need upgrading.
In other news, DE Mario Williams was in town. Williams plays a position where we do not need help on the surface, but no one knows what’s going on with Wake, Vernon, and Shelby. He was a beast in his prime, and drawing a Bill away to the Dolphins is a double steal. Let’s see where this leads on Wednesday.