Dolphins Discussing Kenyan Drake Trade?

The Dolphins may trade second-year DB Minkah Fitzpatrick before next week, and one report this morning suggested that a Fitzpatrick trade, if completed, would represent the end of Miami’s extensive teardown.

But not so fast. Per Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, the Dolphins have engaged rival clubs in trade talks concerning running back Kenyan Drake (Twitter link). If the team were to deal Drake, it would make a little more sense than the recent trade of Laremy Tunsil and the potential trade of Fitzpatrick. After all, Drake is eligible for free agency in 2020, and quality running backs are easier to find than high-quality left tackles.

But while Drake has not been heavily-utilized in his three-plus years in Miami, he has shown plenty of promise. He has averaged 4.7 yards-per-carry in his young career, and he has also been a contributor in the passing game. Although he would not likely yield a major return in a trade, it’s easy to see why other teams would be sniffing around the Dolphins’ carcass in the hopes of finding worthwhile talent.

However, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald hears from a team source that the Dolphins have had zero conversations about a Drake trade, and he’s also heard that Drake has not asked to be dealt (Twitter links). Though this is purely speculation, it could be that rival clubs have placed calls just to see if Drake is available, and the Dolphins have rebuffed those overtures.

After getting just four carries in the team’s Week 1 loss to Baltimore, Drake reportedly had a great week of practice and is primed for a larger workload going forward.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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15 comments on “Dolphins Discussing Kenyan Drake Trade?

  1. jirogers72

    The Dolphins are a disgrace! Why are they still playing the bearded wonder at QB! He had another great day today!!!

    • of9376

      I think it simply comes down to the fact that they don’t want Rosen in the same situation he was last year. That is the situation where he’s on an awful team with no talent and can’t develop. It’s a lose-lose situation for Miami and Rosen.

      • theeterps

        I think the biggest issue is lack of protection for Rosen, which is why the Tunsil trade is such a head-scratcher despite the positive return.

        • It’s a burn down and rebuild. The Dolphins don’t need any players who will be on expensive free agent contracts any time in the next three years. The Dolphins are aiming at 2023 to be a contender, with as little baggage as possible. They’ll be keeping their 2020, 2021, 2022 draft picks, don’t worry.

          It would be silly to play Rosen this season. It would destroy him as a QB, playing behind that line and with the weak supporting cast in skill positions.

  2. Harry Scout

    Minkah Fitzpatrick and Kenyan Drake go to LAC in a trade involving Melvin Gordon

      • mitchrapp

        And it’s not like the dolphins have a history of great drafts. They are going to be bad for a long while.

  3. Jack0207

    When your picking at the top of each round, it’s a little easier to have success in the draft.

  4. phenomenalajs

    Are the Fins going to offer a two Fitzpatricks for the price of one first rounder deal?

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