Reports have come out this week, after the 23-20 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in London on Sunday, that the Dolphins could look to trade away three players before the trade deadline in early November.
The three players in question are Will Fuller, DeVante Parker, and Xavien Howard. All three of these players missed the game overseas. Should the Dolphins look to trade away any of these three?
DeVante Parker- TRADE
This one is hard to write. Parker has been a good player for the organization since being taken fourteenth overall in the 2015 draft. He has recorded 23 touchdowns and 4,454 yards during his time in the NFL with Miami.
However, there must become a point where, like all things, someone’s time must come to an end. Parker has struggled to stay fit throughout his time in the NFL, and he has only had one season where he has played every game. Three of his six full seasons have seen Parker only play in single-digit games.
With just one 1,000-yard season and a poor injury record, Parker will still have some value and should be looked like someone to be traded.
Will Fuller- KEEP
Fuller is also someone with a poor injury record but provides the one thing that Parker doesn’t, a deep threat. Fuller’s speed, once he is actually used by the Dolphins, is an excellent asset to quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Miami’s QB, who impressed in large portions against Jacksonville, has missed someone to throw the ball deep to.
Fuller needs time to get his fitness back, with only one more game expected to be absent. When he does return, he should not be someone the Dolphins consider trading away as the team need as many weapons as possible.
XAVIEN HOWARD- KEEP
In short, not. Yes, the team is performing poorly. And yes, the Dolphins can get good draft capital from a team that attempts to take Howard. However, the team will not progress if they keep trading away their best players, especially when their ability to use their draft picks is under much scrutiny.
How will losing their best player help Miami?
He is not an option to trade. Howard proved, by wanting to restructure his deal, that he is happy at the franchise.
Howard did not prove that he was happy in Miami by restructuring his deal. He proved that he was happy with the money. If he was so happy in Miami he wouldn’t have asked for the money/restructure in the first place. Don’t forget, he had just signed a new deal.
SIGN COLIN KAEPERNICK AND KEEP YOUR PICKS!
Stop a second and take a moment. Count to 10 even. Now, all relaxed and even keeled, think hard.
Face the music and the pain…the Phins stink. All clear now ? 1-5. Let that sink in. No playoffs. None . Ok, now what ? Time to start a new plan. Here are a few steps: 1- Grier out, missed picks have led to this awful regression, too many missed stars to name here vs the scrubbies he chose. He cannot be at the head of grocery shopping anymore. 2- Howard traded for a 1st rounder. 2- Parker – traded for a 2nd and maybe something else. 3- A few more bodies traded for draft capital: Tua (I am a fan, but it won’t work for him here) Smythe, J.Davis, Rowe, Brissett. 4- Go get Watson with the contingencies needed on his legal issues. If you were an 80+ year old owner, would you keep waiting and waiting ?
5- Ride some time with Sinnett until Watson is ready to play, doesn’t matter if the L’s pile up, he may even surprise. 6- Get one Vet OC to run the offense, Kill the two headed, or three headed, whatever it is, monster 7- New GM for the draft and free agents. Focus on rebuild of Oline, a true RB bell cow.
8- Keep Flores. There is much worse out there, remember the nightmares of Joe “Queasy” and Cam Moron, 9-Try this all again next season 10- Compete.
Keeping Fuller and Trading Parker? This season, Fuller has 26 yards, and Parker has 242. Fuller has been more injury prone than Parker both this year and throughout his career. I’d rather trade Fuller and keep Parker.