The Miami Dolphins still have both cap room and draft picks to make a move for Chris Jones of the KC Chiefs to finish off strong start to defensive rebuild. What might a trade look like?
The AFC East has never been as open as it currently stands and the Miami Dolphins are making moves to get better. This was proven when they added former Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Emmanuel Ogbah. Could they opt to add another member of the Chiefs and trade for Chris Jones?
The addition of Jones, paired next to 2019 first round selection Christian Wilkins and Shaq Lawson, provides the Fins a formidable front, along with emerging linebacker Raekwon McMillan and Kyle Van Noy. With plenty of cap space both this and next season, combined with more draft picks than the Dolphins will be able to use, Miami is the ideal landing spot for Jones, especially now that Tom Brady has left the division.
There are a variety of options the Chiefs could pursue. First, lets take a look at what the Dolphins has as far as draft capital.
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- Round 1: 5, 18, 26
- Round 2: 39, 56
- Round 3: 70
- Round 4: 141
- Round 5: 153,154,173
- Round 6: 185
- Round 7: 227, 246, 251
It should also be noted that the Dolphins own two extra selections in the 2021 draft, having acquired the Houston Texans first and second round selections in the 2021 draft in the Laremy Tunsil trade.
We can learn a lot from the DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts trade, which brought San Francisco the 13th overall selection in exchange for the young defensive tackle. That is a big pay, higher than I would have anticipated, especially considering the Colts had to extend the former Oregon lineman with a contract that looks very similar in yearly payout ($21 million) to what Frank Clark is being paid.
Let’s look at three options I foresee for the Chiefs. All options include the Chiefs trading Jones.
The Chiefs get the highest singular selection they can get. Miami still has the opportunity to add the quarterback at the top spot and still plenty of picks to address and add, likely on offense, additional players.
Veach has shown a propensity to value the best pick as opposed to packages (Dee Ford trade last year, waiting a year for a second rounder as opposed to multiple mid round picks).
This option provides the KC Chiefs with three second round selections including one near the top of the round. For a team up against the cap both this and next year, volume of picks in this area of the draft helps salary cap management.
The Chiefs would have four selections from 32 to 64. Good value allows Kansas City to move around the board.
This is my least favorite option, but the Chiefs do add the most players through this approach. This also leaves the Chiefs with multiple third round and fifth round options and adds a nice selection to next year’s draft.
Another idea, and again, this requires me to play general manager for two organizations, but would the Dolphins have an interest taking on Sammy Watkins in a trade? The Chiefs are going to take a cap hit of $7 million this year to let him go regardless, but maybe the Dolphins are willing to take on Watkins at one year for $14 million?
The Dolphins – tanking last year – now find themselves in a situation capable of perhaps vying for the AFC East, maybe not this year, but perhaps next. The defense can carry whatever young signal caller for the first couple years.
At that point, the defenders have either moved on or their contracts are far more manageable against the cap.
Do any of these trade options appeal to you, Chiefs fans?