Dolphins trade Jay Ajayi to Eagles

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Dolphins coach Adam Gase blasted his offense last week, and now a key member of that offense has been sent packing.

The Dolphins traded running back Jay Ajayi to the Eagles for a fourth-round draft pick, according to multiple reports.

Ajayi has handled almost the entire running back workload in Miami this season, having gained 465 of the Dolphins’ 535 rushing yards this season. So now the Dolphins will turn to the little-used Damien Williams and Kenyan Drake to pick up Ajayi’s share of the workload.

In Philadelphia, Ajayi joins a crowded backfield that also includes LeGarrette Blount, Wendell Smallwood, Corey Clement and Kenjon Barner.

The Eagles have the best record in the NFL, and they may think Ajayi can be the last piece that puts them over the top.

103 responses to “Dolphins trade Jay Ajayi to Eagles

  1. WHOA. I didn’t see that coming. Why would the Dolphins trade away one of their best players for a 4th? What does this mean for the Eagles RBs (do they IR Smallwood, who has had knee problems all year?)

  2. Wow, the Eagles just got a whole lot better. Looking forward to seeing the Pats beat them in the SB again.

  3. packers291 says:
    October 31, 2017 at 9:27 am
    This move will demonstrate how replaceable most RBs are..

    Some are, I think this represents the trend towards running the ball more. After seeing backs like Hunt, Fournette, Cook ect..what team wouldn’t want a new franchise back. The Eagles. Seahwaks, Giants, and several more would die to have a franchise back..

  4. perhaps Blount is nicked and a big back is needed. otherwise, O-line and LB was what I was hoping for

  5. The Purge has begun in South Beach.

    Good for Jay, good luck to you. He went to the best team in football with the best QB in the NFC and will have a real chance to win a SB.

    Who’s next?

  6. Iam an iggles hater and this I feel is a great pickup, this guy can hang some yards on your defense I guess my GM Jerry Reese was done managing the team back in July

  7. I think this helps the Eagles but am still a bit confused how this came about. It does underscore how bad they missed on the Pumphrey pick last year.

    I agree with the poster who said that Linebacker looked like the Eagles most pressing need. Maybe Blount get’s traded now?

  8. I wonder if Ajayi’s knee is breaking down and the Fins know it? That was the word pre draft and that is why he dropped. As a finfan it was obvious with the Qb situation and horrific O line we are lucky to be above 500,but it still makes me shake my head.

  9. Fire sale. Great for my fantasy team as Gase said, they are a joke on offense. This is like Christmas day for Ajayi. Gets to leave a crap team going down the drain and join the league’s best.

  10. not play LT, can he HELP the LT!??

    I was excited to see what Clement could do with more playing time.
    Ah well, Ajayi is a good young RB on rookie contract. He can’t hurt… and for a 4th, I think 1 of 2 4ths the eagles have in ’18 draft, seems like a no brainer!

    Howie and Joe working more magic is all this is, I guess

  11. feckyerlife says:
    October 31, 2017 at 9:33 am
    Ajayi is similar to Blunt, im confused by this trade.

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    No, Ajayi is much faster, more of a slasher, better pass catcher as well. Blount will still have his role.

  12. He is a huge upgrade over Blount. Can pick up blitzes, and more importantly, slow down the pass rush with a legit running threat. Short of getting a stud LT (none available that don’t require mortgaging the team), smart move.

  13. Does anyone know if Ajayi can pass protect? That’s where the Eagles current crop of running backs are lacking. That’s why Gore seemed like a perfect fit. If he’s good in pass protection, it’s a good move. If not, it’s kind of a head scratcher.

  14. terripet says:
    October 31, 2017 at 9:29 am
    I want gore to get traded to the chiefs
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    Chiefs need Hilton more than Gore. And they desperately need some run-stoppers.

  15. Would have preferred one of their WR’s ( Jarvis was being shopped)…Don’t hate the trade but it seemed a good deal for only a fourth. Needed a LB or Tackle way more though.

  16. Wow I remember last year when everyone was going crazy over him for having 3 good games, and a year later he’s traded for a 4th-round pick? What happened? Maybe the media shouldn’t have overreacted so much?

  17. ipeefreelyagain says:
    October 31, 2017 at 9:36 am
    Filthadelphia won’t have any draft picks next year at this pace. Depending on which 4th was dealt, they could have just 1 pick through the first ~110 selections.

    Wont matter if they get to the SB and win it.

  18. I agree with Big Mike. He was anointed by the press last year. We couldn’t turn on the sports news without hearing how ‘MINT’ he was.

  19. Not immediately-impressed with this, as an Eagles fan.

    I consider Pederson’s utilization of existing RBs a greater issue than the talent level of the existing RBs.

    For example: Blount is NOT an edge rusher. STOP TRYING TO RUN SWEEPS WITH BLOUNT. Keep Blount between the tackles, period. Clement is a superior one-cut RB vs. Smallwood (who seems incapable of breaking a >5 yard run) but Smallwood has best pass protection of the three, BY FAR.

    And as others have commented… we have a glaring issue at MIKE and LT. Bradham and Kendricks did OK vs. SF but so far they lost Bradham’s essence with the loss of Hicks. Kendricks made a lot of plays but wasn’t very clean in doing so… he was often a step away from a whiff.

    I’m more-concerned with the O-Line. After demoting Seamalu, Wiz and Chance didn’t totally step up and impress. Moreover, Seamalu looked like GARBAGE as the 6th lineman vs. SF.

    Maybe it was the rain. More likely it was that SF’s D-Line is very strong. But even more likely, Philly will face an even better D-Line en route to the playoffs.

  20. Big_Mike392 says:
    October 31, 2017 at 9:42 am
    Wow I remember last year when everyone was going crazy over him for having 3 good games, and a year later he’s traded for a 4th-round pick? What happened? Maybe the media shouldn’t have overreacted so much?

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    I guess we will now see whether it was the team or the player. My money is on the Dolphins being a dumpster fire on offense. Unfortunately it looks like the offensive scheme instilled by Gase is very basic which is the core of the problem. Until Gase sees that he is the problem there will be no improvement.

  21. Ajayi is far from the problem. All the money and draft picks spent on the Dolphins’ O line, and there is always 3-4 defenders in the backfield when they run the ball.

  22. Smallwood and Clement aren’t going to carry the rock in November/December. Blount is gone after this season. Solid move

  23. terripet says:
    October 31, 2017 at 9:29 am
    I want gore to get traded to the chiefs

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    Maybe the Colts will trade the bust that is Andrew Luck to the Chiefs for a basket of old practice jerseys and a blocking dummy

  24. Coach Gase was complaining some guys don’t know the playbook. Probably not a hard worker. I still don’t like the move but Gase will clean house with guys that don’t get it.

  25. Well, this is fairly shocking. He was their offense last year. Maybe this is a sign that that knee he came into the league with is a ticking time bomb in their eyes. Never mind, Mike Tannenbaum is in charge of personnel, so scrap the reason part of this.

  26. I have noticed that many NFL organizations have lots of experience and so called “experts” within their organizations. But this move by the Dolphins is just stupid-a fourth round pick. Didn’t you ride his legs into the playoffs last year? Well just like the Rams, Todd Gurley, it’s not always the backs fault when they can’t get it done. Particularly when they HAVE gotten it done. I just got more concerned now about the Eagles as I am a Cowboys fan.

  27. nhpats says:
    October 31, 2017 at 9:53 am
    terripet says:
    October 31, 2017 at 9:29 am
    I want gore to get traded to the chiefs

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    Maybe the Colts will trade the bust that is Andrew Luck to the Chiefs for a basket of old practice jerseys and a blocking dummy
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    Yeah. Luck can back up Mahomes next season! LOL

  28. blackbug99 says:
    October 31, 2017 at 9:41 am

    There has to be something going on in that locker room. Works for me! 2 more wins at the end of the season…for my Bills!
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    Great. After 20 years of silence, Bills fans are now slithering out from under their rocks.

  29. Well he is very inexpensive no much cost on the salary cap through 2018. Other then Smallwood the rest of the running backs cannot block on the blitz. So some protection for Wentz.

  30. Shocker! Would hope to have gotten a LT. Philly has played without Hicks for many games and have done pretty well. He’s definitely a great fit for the scheme, but winning/losing doesn’t depend on him. Now, about Megatron…

  31. Maybe they can flip a player for a LT or a LB? I feel like their running back situation was fine. I don’t know too many teams willing to trade a LT though. Just because we want a LT and/or a LB doesn’t mean there’s one a team is willing to give up. Obviously the Eagles Front Office has shown they’re back to knowing what they’re doing.

  32. .
    The Eagles have 5 games left at cold weather sites. You can’t depend on Wentz to throw for 300 yards when facing a 30 mph crosswind. The price was right also as Philly had three 4th rounders in hand, their own, the Vikings (Bradford) and Patriots (Rowe).
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  33. Gase said this week some players on the offense aren’t a student of the game and care more about their self image than work ethic. Guess this may have been the culprit. Im expecting a Landry trade soon too.

  34. Anyone that has watched the Dolphins this year and knows about the crazy that he brings to the team knows why this happened. You can’t be unproductive and crazy and stay on the roster.

  35. Ah, the Dolphins. 43 years and counting since that last pesky Super Bowl win. You know, I’m maybe starting to think their few good years were a bit of an aberration…………

  36. Will this make it easier for the Bills to ” squish the fish”…???? Hope so….we will need those 2 games….

  37. All you Philly fans hoping he is a good pass blocking running back are going to be severely disappointed. I’m guessing it’s a good part of the reason he’s gone now.

  38. wib22 says:
    October 31, 2017 at 9:35 am
    Good Move.

    Ajayi is a walking injury.

    Dolphins better players than the patriots anyways.

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    True. If you dont count any actual game results an argument could be made.

    Whats not clear is how an article about a Dolphin player being traded to the Eagles would make anyone worry about the Patriots.

  39. I had Smallwood on my Fantasy team but injuries heve kept that from developing and I have been wondering which way his health was trending in their practices. This may be my answer.

  40. To everyone criticizing this trade because the Eagles needed a linebacker more: you do understand that making trades now is not like going to the supermarket and picking what you need off the shelf right? The players have to be available on the market for trade. Was there a specific linebacker you wanted that you know their team was trying to trade? And do you know what they wanted in exchange for him?

    Ajayi is a big upgrade at a small price. Be happy about that. You’ll live longer

  41. lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    October 31, 2017 at 11:42 am
    To everyone criticizing this trade because the Eagles needed a linebacker more: you do understand that making trades now is not like going to the supermarket and picking what you need off the shelf right? The players have to be available on the market for trade. Was there a specific linebacker you wanted that you know their team was trying to trade? And do you know what they wanted in exchange for him?

    Ajayi is a big upgrade at a small price. Be happy about that. You’ll live longer

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    The punchline would be if they shipped him right back out today for a linebacker. Or one of their other RB.

  42. funshipm174 says:
    October 31, 2017 at 11:19 am
    Duane Brown would have been more important to pick up

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    If you were playing the Texans last week you might have gotten him. I think McNair was giving him to whatever GM he talked to next.

  43. I love this trade. I know we need a LT but ill take this. Blount doesnt hit the holes well. If theres anyone on the ground near him he panics and takes choppy little steps like hes running on ice. I think this trade will benefit philly. And smallwood is injured too often and not a playmaker. Id rather use clement over smallwood.

  44. Neither Ajayi or Wentz will make it through this year without injury. Carson takes too many hits, Ajayi is an injury waiting to happen, Big V is a turnstile. Plus it is Philadelphia where something always goes wrong on the way to “glory”.

    And just remember Philly fan, win or lose nothing really changes in your life. Not sure what Philly fan thinks is going to be so different in their life if they win the SB. They Funny with their little teams.

  45. janvanflac says:
    October 31, 2017 at 9:38 am
    feckyerlife says:
    October 31, 2017 at 9:33 am
    Ajayi is similar to Blunt, im confused by this trade.

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    No, Ajayi is much faster, more of a slasher, better pass catcher as well. Blount will still have his role.
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    Better Pass Catcher???!! This IS THE REASON he is being Traded. Every time he is in it Tips the Play. Gase wants to run plays where all Backs are receivers. This was not a great move nor a bad one. He was a 5th Rounder and they got value getting a 4th rounder for him. He had a bad attitude and Gase wants “his” guys. Sucks for us Fans, but it makes sense. Good Luck to him in Philly. We shall see that all RB’s are interchangeable and if the O-Line sucks as bad as Miami’s then it doesn’t matter anyway.

  46. Ajayi was having trouble picking up his blocking assignments and his receiving skills were not that great. Ajayi also must have had issues studying as per the Adam Gase rant! Yep running backs are not highly valued given the 4th rounder received in the trade.

  47. There are maybe 2-3 “stud” RBs (non-rookies) in the league this season but it can change year-to-year. By “stud” i mean non-rookies; vets you’d pay big money for.

    But there are VERY few RBs worth the cap hit now days.

    Ajayi has a year on his rookie contract, so PHI gets him for 2yrs CHEAP.

    The last few drafts have been very deep at RB. Teams can ride a guy for 4 years then move on.

    2017:
    Dalvin Cook – 2nd
    Joe Mixon – 2nd
    Kareem Hunt 3rd
    Alvin Kamara – 3rd
    Tarik Cohen – 4th
    Aaron Jones – 5th

    2016:
    Devonte Booker – 4th
    Jordan Howard – 5th
    Alex Collins – 5th

    2015:
    Ameer Abdullah – 2nd
    Tevin Coleman – 3rd
    David Johnson – 3rd
    Jay Ajayi – 5th

  48. Getting a pro bowl RB with another year left on his rookie deal is a good pickup. Add in that you got him for a 4th round pick and you have to say wtf are the Dolphins doing?

  49. Best comment on here is eagles in super bowl so new england can win again. Smallwood to IR. This AJ is excellent with a good line and even without Peters eagles have an above average OL. Winter is comming and it’s all about runing in the North outside.

  50. Wow really liked his style but I always thought his style of running through defenders would lead to a short shelf life. Some very obvious pass protection errors this year, maybe was the reason he was shipped. Still loved to see him run, very entertaining player once he left the line of scrimmage. Very similar imo to Jarvis Laundry when approaching tacklers, seems to want to smash them. Good luck Ajay.

  51. snakeplizkn says:
    October 31, 2017 at 9:39 am
    He is a huge upgrade over Blount. Can pick up blitzes, and more importantly, slow down the pass rush with a legit running threat. Short of getting a stud LT (none available that don’t require mortgaging the team), smart move.
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    Hope he works out for the Eagles but he was very iffy in Miami. He struggled in pass blocking and although he had 3 200 yard games last year, the majority of his games have been 70 yards or less with a few under 25. Gase was very angry at his presser and some of that was directed at Ajayi. Gase left him in Miami for the game 1 road trip last year. It seemed to have sent a message but Gase is pretty much done with him now. There are a few Dolphins that seemed to buy into their hype and then slacked off on effort…he was one of them.

  52. Gase just sent a message alright! The message is screw with me and you’ll end up on a real team. The rest of the locker room can’t wait to go somewhere else now.

  53. When you make this kind of move as a head coach it can be the biggining of getting fired,see Philbin / Incognito!

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