After months of speculation, Justin Smiley is no longer a Miami Dolphin. Miami traded guard Justin Smiley to the Jacksonville Jaguars for a conditional seventh round pick. While Smiley was easily the best guard Miami had, his shoulder problems and high salary ended up being too much of an issue for the team. Smiley’s talent will be missed, but the Dolphins had already prepared for his departure by signing the recently released Cory Procter from the Dallas Cowboys. Procter was a back-up center last year but can also play guard. He has worked with both Bill Parcells and Coach Sparano before when they were with Dallas. With the addition of Procter, the Dolphins’ O-line remains one of the deepest in the league.
But wait, there’s more news. According to the Miami Herald, Dallas has contacted Miami about a trade for Patrick Crayton. Trading for Crayton would be a great move if the Dolphins do not have to give up too much in return. Crayton would give Miami a steady receiver and vocal player who can do some damage down the field. Last season, Crayton caught 37 balls for 622 yards and 5 touchdowns. If he was on the Dolphins last year, his 16.8 yard average would have led the team. Patrick Crayton’s experience as a punt returner would also address a glaring issue the team has. He totaled 437 yards and 2 touchdowns last year, with a 12.1 yard average. That blows Davone Bess’s 209 yards and 7.5 average out of the water, and need we bring up Bess’s muffed punts? Like Procter, Crayton has previously been under the tutelage of Parcells and Coach Sparano in Dallas. Hopefully the front office will pull the trigger and give Chad Henne another great target on offense.
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Written by Brian Saa
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