After a somewhat quiet Free Agency period, could the Miami Dolphins be primed to make a splashy trade as the NFL Draft nears, perhaps by acquiring one of the NFL’s most prolific cornerbacks in Richard Sherman?
ESPN’s Bill Barnwell, who was NOT kind to the Dolphins’ offseason, dreamt up as much in a fun column based on a mock draft comprised of nothing but trades. As in every single pick in the first round gets swapped…
The mere thought of it is like Viagra for you mock sniffers, ay?
While Sherman’s name has mysteriously surfaced on the trade market this offseason, there’s been no specific linkage to the Dolphins, so there’s no reason to freak out. Barnwell’s premise was based more on fantasy than reality BUT the move does make sense depending on how you look at it.
For Sherman, Miami would throw in cornerback Byron Maxwell (formerly a Seahawk), their first-rounder at No. 22 overall, and their fourth-round pick in 2018.
“The Dolphins aren’t exactly shy about going after players they value, and they would be getting a massive upgrade at arguably the weakest position on their roster by trading for a future Hall of Fame cornerback in Sherman,” Barnwell writes. “Miami doesn’t have a ton of cap room, but by packaging Maxwell and saving $3.5 million as part of the trade, the Dolphins should be able to squeeze the Stanford product onto their roster. Maxwell improved dramatically as the season went on in 2016, and he would give the Seahawks some semblance of familiarity as they rebuild at cornerback.”
No doubt Sherman, a 29-year-old three-time First-Team All-Pro corner, is the superior player and sets Miami up significantly better for the next two seasons. The financial difference between Maxwell and Sherman isn’t that much either, considering the final two years on Sherman’s deal would cost Miami over $13 million per season while Maxwell has cap hits of $10 million and $10.75 million.
It also would give Miami’s defense–its major weakness last year–another impact player in the secondary to join Reshad Jones, complementing their two studs up front in Cam Wake and Ndamukong Suh.
I’d do it in a heartbeat considering a first-round pick, especially one in the 20s, is still a blind dart throw. Obviously the ideal would be to land a future star at No. 22 on an affordable rookie contract for at least four seasons but, again, the draft is a crapshoot.
What confuses me regarding the plausibility of the trade is why on earth would Seattle even think about trading an All-Pro corner in his prime while they’re built to win now?
For the Dolphins it’d be a no-brainer. For the Seahawks? A head-scratcher.