Dolphins Trade Jay Ajayi To Eagles

The Dolphins have traded Jay Ajayi to the Eagles, according to announcements from both teams. Miami will receive a fourth-round pick in exchange for the running back. "<strong

Ajayi goes from the middling Dolphins to the first place Eagles to help shore up their running game. Heading into the season, Ajayi was viewed as one of the league’s most talented young backs, so the deal comes as an absolute shock. The Eagles are giving up very little for the 24-year-old in light of the numbers that he put up in 2016. Ajayi is also a bargain for this year and beyond. His contract calls for a $670K cap charge this year and a $760K cap charge in the following season. He does not have a fifth-year option at the end of his rookie deal since he’s a fifth-round pick, but the Eagles have plenty of time to lock him up between now and the spring of 2019, if they choose to do so.

Through seven games, Ajayi has not been quite as productive as expected. He has 465 yards off of 138 carries, good for a 3.4 yards per carry average. He also added 14 catches for 67 yards. He has yet to see the end zone either via the air or ground. That’s not necessarily a reflection on Ajayi, however, since Miami’s offense has been anything but stable this year. The Dolphins lured Jay Cutler out of his brief retirement to fill in for Ryan Tannehill, but Cutler’s rib injury led to Matt Moore taking over as the starter. As evidenced by Thursday night’s 40-0 blowout, that doesn’t make for an effective offense.

In Philadelphia, Ajayi is expected to team up with LeGarrette Blount to split lead back duties. So far this year, Blount has been the superior back with 467 yards off of 100 carries, giving him a strong 4.7 yards per carry average. He’s also found paydirt three times in total.

Next up for Ajayi and the Eagles is a Sunday tilt against the Broncos. After that, Philly’s newest acquisition gets a bye week before facing the rival Cowboys in Week 11.

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16 comments on “Dolphins Trade Jay Ajayi To Eagles

  1. Jack0207

    It was a very unintelligent trade for the Dolphins in all phases. He played with heart, he was cheap, and he was a good player. A 4th rd as compensation? The front office in Miami in incompetent.

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      • bradthebluefish
        bradthebluefish

        Bad knees that won’t last a couple more years while he’s on his rookie contract? We’ll see.

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  2. Thronson5

    Seems like the Dolphins could’ve gotten more but then again I’m no GM but still seems odd that all they got was a 4th rd pick. Great pick up for the Eagles behind that line and with Wentz playing like he’s playing this year

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  3. WalkersDayOff

    I thought the dolphins were looking for more offense. Not trying to get rid of it

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    • Doc Halladay

      As a Phins fan, I’ve unfortunately learned to not question the infinite wisdom of the front office. It saves money on aspirin for the inevitable headaches.

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  4. Jack0207

    Yes he has bad knees. That why he lasted until the 5th rd. Doesn’t mean he will be done anytime soon either. He and Landry were by far the most productive offensive players for Miami. It wasn’t even close. Should’ve kept him and improved the Oline. That was the issue before the season and hasn’t improved during the season.

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  5. Z-A
    Z-A

    At his salary you can just ride him for this year and next, let him walk, easily a 4th rounder well spent. And that’s a Cowboys fans opinion. It’s what i would do with Zeke, and draft another before his big payday.

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  6. oriolesravenstimberwolves04

    Cmon on ravens why would you not jump on this

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    • bradthebluefish
      bradthebluefish

      Alex Collins looks great! You guys need a Top WR.

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  7. yoyo137

    My fantasy team would like to thank the Dolphins so much for letting Ajayi join an actual football team.

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    • Mikel Grady

      Ha ha I second that . Traded Matt Ryan before draft for him. Thank you football gods

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  8. DannyQ3913

    For a fourth rounder which had 3 of them. Great trade

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