Dolphins get two first-round picks and a second-round pick from Texans

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The trade that sent Dolphins left tackle Laremy Tunsil to Houston was an enormous one.

The Texans are sending two first-round picks and a second-round pick to Miami to acquire Tunsil and wide receiver Kenny Stills, according to NFL Network. The Dolphins are also getting a couple of Texans players, special teamer Johnson Bademosi and offensive lineman Julien Davenport. The Dolphins also send a fourth-rounder to Houston in the deal.

That’s a massive haul, one that eclipses what the Bears gave up last year to acquire Khalil Mack.

It’s also a haul that indicates Texans coach Bill O’Brien, who has taken over the personnel department, is desperate to win now and isn’t the least bit worried about the future. O’Brien is likely betting his job on the Texans making the playoffs this season.

As for the Dolphins, they’re now as well-positioned for draft capital going forward as any team in the league. Especially now that they’re the overwhelming favorites to earn the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft.

112 responses to “Dolphins get two first-round picks and a second-round pick from Texans

  1. It will definately be the next guy’s problem after he is fired. This is why you don’t give a coach who is about to get fired complete personnel control. He isn’t worried about the future.

    I would love to be a fly in the Dolphins locker room. Even in tanking mode Flores could be gone after one year.

  2. Phins doing what Raiders did last year. start loading up on picks and get rid of players that are worth alot now because you aint winning now.

  3. Going to have to use a first and a second on a tackle and wr now anyway only thing this does is make their draft position higher and Houston’s lower

  4. You gotta question O’Brien’s moves. Wouldn’t it have just been better to pay Duane Brown last year and save the draft choices? Plus the minor compensation for Clowney.

  5. This some BS… I’ve followed this team for decades through all the horrible play and front office moves. This is the worst team in the league in and off the field. You are banking on your draft choices to be good, and all past indicators tells us you will miss on all of them or at least on the ones that count. I can no longer in support such a horrible franchise. Let’s go PATRIOTS!!!!!

  6. teknision1200 says:
    August 31, 2019 at 5:45 pm
    If you are a Dolfan please expect a long season and have patience the rebuild is in full effect. I see why Fitzpatrick is starting now.
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    Exactly! i fully approve of full on tank modes!

  7. Please Tua go to Dolphins LOL he is so overrated its insane. Weak armed lefty. LOL

    These mock draft media guys just pump up these overrated QBs for CFB ratings. Tua 3rd rounder at best. Career backup.

    Just gave up a 2nd for Rosen so that was a waste then they’ll just draft another Charles Harris, or Minkah Fitzpatrick LOL

    Miami is horrible

    Jets taking over the divsion. DARNOLD ERA!

  8. Whoever said Tunsil is overrated is crazy and does not watch him play or read what opposing DL say about him. He is the best young LT in the game period!!!
    Not sure what Miami is doing here but they will be lucky to even score points

  9. Wow, he got almost nothing for Clowney then gave up a king’s ransom for Tunsil. And people are complaining about Spielman giving up a fifth-rounder for a kicker.

  10. As a Texans fan I’m more than stunned. Two 1st rounders is a future killer for the organization and it smacks of desperation. Ugh, now they have turn all these new pieces into a cohesive unit and do it on the fly. No easy task for anyone…

  11. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    August 31, 2019 at 5:54 pm
    Wow, he got almost nothing for Clowney then gave up a king’s ransom for Tunsil. And people are complaining about Spielman giving up a fifth-rounder for a kicker.
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    well, it’s only a stupid trade if you CUT Tunsil and Stihls after 0 games! ZERO!

  12. Now if they could trade Clowney to the Seahawks or Eagles for a 1st rd pick and something. Now that would be even better.

  13. I hate giving up Tunsil but at that price how can you say no? Stills is basically a throw in

  14. Let’s not forget that Miami is projected to have 140m in free agency next year. That and finally getting a franchise QB along with basically a double draft sets Miami up very nicely for the future. The 2020’s are going to be Miami’s decade. Go Phins!!

  15. Really, since Miami doesn’t have a decent QB they might as well load up on future draft picks. At best they were going to go 6-10 this year but now they’ll go 3-13 and get another #1 draft pick.

  16. The Texans, along with everyone else, witnessed a broken man in Andrew Luck. That is the direction that Watson was headed before this trade. It seems like a massive overpay, but the Dolphins are now going to have to replace Tunsil which is easier said than done.

  17. The Dolphins secured a kings ransom here, i would trade fitz or make sure Rosen starts, if he succeeds you have a good young QB if he’s crap you get the top 5 pick

  18. As a Texans fan, I am excited about these trades and hope we have a great year, then, I’m moving to Miami to root for my new team!

  19. donkeykong85 says:

    The Dolphins secured a kings ransom here, i would trade fitz or make sure Rosen starts, if he succeeds you have a good young QB if he’s crap you get the top 5 pick
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    Both QBs may be on IR before the season is over so no need to worry about who starts game 1.

    Bye bye, Stills. You won’t be missed.

  20. Just to add about the trade is that O’Brien could not have done this without ownership approval. He may have a lot on control but not a blank check…

  21. Nick Caserio probably didn’t like this deal. He might have second thoughts going next year because he will have nothing to work with.

  22. “Ugh, now they have turn all these new pieces into a cohesive unit and do it on the fly.”

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    Exactly. But if anyone can, it’s O’Brien. heh heh.

  23. Stills doesn’t matter. Tunsil does a lot. If you think Flores still isn’t getting paid by Kraft you’re not very smart.

  24. Everyone loves #1 draft picks. Gives them hope, but only 30% ever amount to anything. Never understood why teams keep acting like there worth more than gold. If you have the chance to get a young proven player, do it.

  25. dolphan13 says:
    August 31, 2019 at 6:09 pm
    Let’s not forget that Miami is projected to have 140m in free agency next year. That and finally getting a franchise QB along with basically a double draft sets Miami up very nicely for the future. The 2020’s are going to be Miami’s decade. Go Phins!!
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    Take off those rose-colored glasses for a minute. The extra money under the cap is essentially meaningless. They have to spend up to a certain level. Players do not want to go to a team that just crapped the bed unless they get way more money than they should. Paying twice as much for mediocre guys is never a good idea but this team seems to LOVE doing that. It also means that any players that are good enough to keep will be due for another contract at the same time and that includes any surprise finds in that big draft. 2 #1s and a 2 sounds really good until it is time to spend them. One is going to be spent on an unproven left tackle that MIGHT be able to replace the one we just traded. Do we need a QB? It will be damned hard to tell. Fitz is a temp worker that is just treading water until Rosen gets in. How do you evaluate Rosen behind a potentially historically bad offensive line? QB and LT are the hardest positions to find great players and now…we need both. As for Tua, I don’t think he is an NFL QB. This deal has the potential to be good or truly disastrous. Honestly, I have yet to see anything from this leadership group that tells me that have a clue, much less the ability to turn a franchise around in a draft or two. This year is going to be nearly unwatchable and that’s a shame.

  26. cheesefrog says:
    August 31, 2019 at 6:33 pm
    donkeykong85 says:

    The Dolphins secured a kings ransom here, i would trade fitz or make sure Rosen starts, if he succeeds you have a good young QB if he’s crap you get the top 5 pick
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    Both QBs may be on IR before the season is over so no need to worry about who starts game 1.

    Bye bye, Stills. You won’t be missed.
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    And if they do get Tua he’ll be on IR by week 5 behind that O-line so it isn’t like they’re doing themselfs any favors!

  27. upperdecker19 says:
    August 31, 2019 at 5:48 pm
    I think O’Brien is doing an amazing job in personnel!

    Regards,
    Chip Kelly

    143 1 Rate This

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    So who voted the thumbs down. O’Brien or Kelly

  28. mousietongue says:
    August 31, 2019 at 6:54 pm
    Everyone loves #1 draft picks. Gives them hope, but only 30% ever amount to anything. Never understood why teams keep acting like there worth more than gold. If you have the chance to get a young proven player, do it.
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    you traded TWO 1st rounders and ONE second rounder.

    lol.

  29. Who is O’Brien hoping will take the fall for this one? On the other side, Operation Fish Tank is officially underway.

  30. The fools who say the Skins could get the same for Williams are clueless. First off, he’s 31, Tunsil is mid to early 20’s, Williams has a double digit cap number, Tunsil is still on rookie contract. Tunsil is multiple times more valuable than Trent.

  31. Its funny because Reggie McKenzie is with the Dolphins now and he is who traded away Kahlil Mack for all them picks. Now the Dolphins are doing the same thing. That’s a coincidence if you ask me..

  32. Why would you let your hotseat coach make personnel decisions? He doesn’t care if this move doesn’t work because he gets fired if it doesn’t and the team mortgages the future.

  33. This is such a great deal I can’t believe the Texans did it. We give you Stills (big deal) and LT Tunsil (who only had 1 good year) and we get two #1’s a #2 and 2 offensive lineman one of which played LT all last year? Where do we send the thank you cards?

  34. FinFan68 says:
    August 31, 2019 at 6:57 pm
    dolphan13 says:
    August 31, 2019 at 6:09 pm
    Let’s not forget that Miami is projected to have 140m in free agency next year. That and finally getting a franchise QB along with basically a double draft sets Miami up very nicely for the future. The 2020’s are going to be Miami’s decade. Go Phins!!
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    Take off those rose-colored glasses for a minute. The extra money under the cap is essentially meaningless. They have to spend up to a certain level. Players do not want to go to a team that just crapped the bed unless they get way more money than they should. Paying twice as much for mediocre guys is never a good idea but this team seems to LOVE doing that. It also means that any players that are good enough to keep will be due for another contract at the same time and that includes any surprise finds in that big draft. 2 #1s and a 2 sounds really good until it is time to spend them. One is going to be spent on an unproven left tackle that MIGHT be able to replace the one we just traded. Do we need a QB? It will be damned hard to tell. Fitz is a temp worker that is just treading water until Rosen gets in. How do you evaluate Rosen behind a potentially historically bad offensive line? QB and LT are the hardest positions to find great players and now…we need both. As for Tua, I don’t think he is an NFL QB. This deal has the potential to be good or truly disastrous. Honestly, I have yet to see anything from this leadership group that tells me that have a clue, much less the ability to turn a franchise around in a draft or two. This year is going to be nearly unwatchable and that’s a shame.
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    Finfan68.
    What’s your problem? 140m and all those draft choices and you’re gloom and doom?! You’ve already seen every disaster that could happen. According to you Tua sucks. Our draft picks will suck. Our free agent acquisitions will be overpaid etc.. well. I don’t agree with you. We have been waiting decades for a franchise shake up and this is it. New gm. New coach. A soon to be new franchise QB. And all the talent we want through the draft and free agency. What’s your problem? Have a little optimism you negative Nancy.

  35. aj66shanghai says:
    August 31, 2019 at 7:48 pm
    And yet Patriots fans will still try to say their division isn’t the laughingstock of the NFL, going on 3 decades.
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    And if they won their division and it ended right there you might have a point. But every year in the playoffs they beat the best teams in the NFL. It will happen again this year the team is loaded on both side of the ball. This may actually be there best team yet.

  36. Didn’t Houston draft a LT this year who was a reach? I can’t even find him on the depth chart. They want to try to go for it so sometimes you have to overpay. I don’t understand the Find fans though … You have a bottom 3 o-line WITH Tunsil … New Staff, new culture, new players. Why continue doing what you are doing? If you want different results act differently.

  37. Interesting. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry since Tunsil was the only good OL here but these moves remind me of a much earlier time in Fins history in the mid-70s. Right after Csonka, Kiick, and Warfield went to the WFL Shula knew he had to pretty much rebuild the Dolphins and several of their Supe vets like Jake Scott and a few other key players were traded, and in the meantime Shula began drafting what would become the “Killer B’s” beginning with Baumhower and Duhe and Betters in late 70s as well as new OLers, and ending with Dan the Man in 1983. Glad Stills is gone since he was such a distraction. They will suck in 2019 bu that’s fine. Let the Bills and Jets delude themselves into thinking they’re gonna replace the Pats when Brady retires in two or three years. It only took Shula two or three years to get the Fins back into contention. It may take Flores less time. If Rosen is for real, then they don’t have to “tank for Tua” but for really good offensive and defensive linemen. They already have good your LBs (Baker and Eguaveon) and DBs (Howard, Fitz, and maybe Rowe–maybe)…Next up for trade: Kiko and Reshad…maybe. They need a few vets to mentor all those youngsters.

  38. At first I was shocked by this trade. However, I think it’s a shrewd move by the Dolphins. First, by not trading for Clowneycakes they didn’t spend $16M. Second, they traded Tunsil, a guy who isn’t one of the top ten LTs in the league whose salary next year is over $10M. They also managed to get someone to take Stills off their hands.

    Let’s face it, they aren’t going anywhere this year anyway. Their offensive line was ranked dead last by PFF last month. They might as well just start rebuilding now and get it over with.

    I would expect Miami to be a big player in next year’s free agent market with the amount of cap space they have. If they can manage to use all those draft picks wisely they could build a foundation for years to come. Plus, if they do manage to get the #1 pick don’t be surprised if they trade down to accumulate even more picks. If they do take a QB it would probably be Herbert from Oregon. I don’t think Tua is an NFL franchise QB. Herbert is much more suited for the NFL in my opinion.

    As far as the Texans goes, this trade seems desperate. They are mortgaging the future in hopes they can make a run this year. Who are they kidding. This could ultimately cost O’Brien his job. I don’t fault him basically giving away Clowneycakes though. They got something for a guy who isn’t worth the $16M tender. Giving up all those picks for Tunsil and Stills though is puzzling.

  39. deborahlagarde says:
    August 31, 2019 at 8:56 pm
    Interesting. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry since Tunsil was the only good OL here but these moves remind me of a much earlier time in Fins history in the mid-70s. Right after Csonka….

    ………………………………..

    Funny, it reminds me of the past 2 decades of the Dolphins making garbage moves and not winning a playoff game since Bill Clinton was president

  40. Wow did the Dolphins make out in this. Two worthless, overrated players offloaded onto someone else to infect another team with their cancer.

  41. Welllllp, they went 14-0, in that legendary undefeated Super Bowl victory season 47 years ago. The only team in NFL history to go undefeated and win the Super Bowl.
    Who ever imagined that this very same franchise that had the undefeated season would have an 0-16 winless season before any other team could match that undefeated season?
    Time to pay back with an 0-16 season.
    We live in what’s known as an “orderly” universe.

  42. Good luck Miami if you’re tanking for Tua…he’s a 3rd round pick with a weak arm…How many Alabama QB’s are active in the NFL right now? Last decent one I can think of is Namath who rode into the Hall of Fame on a Super Bowl guarantee, not his stats!

  43. Read somewhere were the Dolphin players were going to revolt if they traded Tunsil. Well, here’s your chance to miss some paychecks boys. Let’s see what ya got

  44. Oh, Houston…You probably would have won the AFC South without these moves….But it won’t mean a hill of beans if you can’t get past Kansas City or New England in the divisional round…

  45. Oh, Houston…You probably would have won the AFC South without these moves….But it won’t mean a hill of beans if you can’t get past Kansas City or New England in the divisional round…

  46. O’Brien is making trades like someone playing fantasy football. There’s probably a good reason why real GMs don’t operate that way.

  47. People who say Houston got fleeced apparently weren’t paying attention last week, were a QB in the Texan’s division called it quits. The reason Luck no longer plays football is because the Colts never protected him. The Texan have a chance to couple Tunsil with Watson for the next 6 to 7 years and not worry about his blind side.

    Was it a high price, probably, but was is worth it, yes it was.

  48. Let me tell you something. Every team in the league is like a shark smelling blood in the water. A team relying on a desperate coach to make personnel decisions is an easy target. The Texans have gotten fleeced on two deals in less than two days. Someone in the Texans organization better step up and stop the bleeding before it gets worse than it already is.

  49. Philadelphia jumping ahead of the Texans and taking the LT really had some ripple affects for the Texans GM position and now two teams doing big trades. The ripples keep going and going.

  50. SoOoOoO many on here are sooo obviously scared at the thought of Miami landing Tua in the 2020 draft, Tua is sooo much better than these trolls around here are giving him credit for. Tua is not as good as QB Kyler Murray will be but he is still a stud future top 5 QB in the NFL, I’d take him a heartbeat next year @#1 overall if i’m the Miami GM.

  51. Texans PAID WAYYYYY to much for LT Laremy Tunsil. Tunsil is good but he is not elite or one of the leagues best LT’s which is what this trade says he is giving up two #1s and a #2. Tunsil is just an AVG to Above-AVG good solid young LT. This move reeks of desperation by Bill O’Brian, they better go DEEEEP into the playoffs now or if not he’s getting fired.

  52. So why trade for Rosen?? The funny thing about tanking is you can’t tell everyone you’re tanking although trading your starting left Tackle says you’re tanking. Now, you have to hope Ryan Fitzpatrick doesn’t play well and mess things up. Lastly, you have to hit with those picks next year or this is all for nothing (and I’m a Browns fan, so I know).

  53. This is what happens when you put a coach in charge of personal. Tunsil is a very good player but they just themselves back for at least 5 years and which time O’Brian will be gone and forgotten dust in the wind.

  54. Very good deal IF the Dolphins know how to use these picks. Judging by their last 6-7 drafts, that is a big IF. The Flores era could be over almost before it begins….

  55. onebuffalove716 says:
    September 1, 2019 at 8:55 am
    Banking on tua is a big risk.
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    Agreed. I know I am in the VAST minority when I say that I hope they do not draft Tua. He is a lesser Marcus Mariota.

  56. And if they won their division and it ended right there you might have a point. But every year in the playoffs they beat the best teams in the NFL. It will happen again this year the team is loaded on both side of the ball. This may actually be there best team yet.

    But it’s a huge advantage to start every year 5-1 by playing the AFC East. The Patriots only have to win two games to make the Super Bowl, both of which are usually home games. The feebleness of the AFC East has been a huge advantage for the Patriots over the years.

  57. dolphan13 says:
    August 31, 2019 at 7:53 pm
    Finfan68.
    What’s your problem? 140m and all those draft choices and you’re gloom and doom?! You’ve already seen every disaster that could happen. According to you Tua sucks. Our draft picks will suck. Our free agent acquisitions will be overpaid etc.. well. I don’t agree with you. We have been waiting decades for a franchise shake up and this is it. New gm. New coach. A soon to be new franchise QB. And all the talent we want through the draft and free agency. What’s your problem? Have a little optimism you negative Nancy.
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    Optimism is fine but what makes you think ANY of the pie in the sky fantasies you point to will pan out? History shows they won’t. I didn’t say Tua sucks. I said I don’t think he is an NFL QB, meaning I don’t think he will be good/great which is what you seem to believe. Maybe you are right but that still leaves all those other issues. Grier has been involved in player acquisition for quite a while so there is a track record of sub-par players. There are some decent ones as well but the ratio isn’t favorable. Miami fans have been griping about over paid free agents for YEARS and Miami has been used by players countless times as leverage for a better deal with the team they want…where have you been? As I said earlier, this trade has the potential to be good OR disastrous but the track record points to disastrous. Again, I could be somewhat optimistic If I had seen anything that could be considered competence but I have not seen that so far. Flores is new and UNPROVEN yet you believe he is the answer. Maybe he can be but he has yet to show anything that would explain your optimism. At best this is a wait and see scenario. Trading an established young LT seems foolish unless there is information we don’t know like unreported injury or a stated goal of leaving/absurd contract expectations.The Dolphins bought a lottery ticket. Let’s wait for the drawing before making plans about spending that jackpot we do not have yet.

  58. “Good luck Miami if you’re tanking for Tua…he’s a 3rd round pick with a weak arm…How many Alabama QB’s are active in the NFL right now? Last decent one I can think of is Namath who rode into the Hall of Fame on a Super Bowl guarantee, not his stats!”

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    Ken Stabler, but hey, who’s counting Hall of Famers here…

  59. Finfan68 says. Optimism is fine but what makes you think ANY of the pie in the sky fantasies you point to will pan out? History shows they won’t. I didn’t say Tua sucks. I said I don’t think he is an NFL QB, meaning I don’t think he will be good/great which is what you seem to believe. Maybe you are right but that still leaves all those other issues. Grier has been involved in player acquisition for quite a while so there is a track record of sub-par players. There are some decent ones as well but the ratio isn’t favorable. Miami fans have been griping about over paid free agents for YEARS and Miami has been used by players countless times as leverage for a better deal with the team they want…where have you been? As I said earlier, this trade has the potential to be good OR disastrous but the track record points to disastrous. Again, I could be somewhat optimistic If I had seen anything that could be considered competence but I have not seen that so far. Flores is new and UNPROVEN yet you believe he is the answer. Maybe he can be but he has yet to show anything that would explain your optimism. At best this is a wait and see scenario. Trading an established young LT seems foolish unless there is information we don’t know like unreported injury or a stated goal of leaving/absurd contract expectations.The Dolphins bought a lottery ticket. Let’s wait for the drawing before making plans about spending that jackpot we do not have yet.
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    You make some valid points. But. Having 4 first round and 4 second round picks in the next 2 years is not “pie in the sky” fantasy it’s jyst facts. Your thinking Tua is not an NFL caliber QB is your opinion and that’s fine but it’s certainly not the general consensus with the “experts” who pretty much universally say he will be the first player taken in the entire draft While you say you don’t think he’s an NFL QB which is absurd. We have l, I agree, struggled in some past drafts. But the last 3 were very good and included stars like Tunsil and Howard (who was taken in the second round). I did not want to trade Tunsil either but how can you pass up two first round picks and a second. That’s a dream for a rebuilding team. Flores is a first year coach so there may some growing pains but I like him and think he’s going to do a great job. I also, as I’ve said, can’t help but be excited about the future with all these picks and 140m for free agents. Lets be optimistic that we have a real chance to reset this team and become the perennial playoff team that we used to be. I can’t help but be optimistic. Not due to “rise colored glasses” but because we have everything we need to be successful and hopefully the front office and coach to put it all together. Go Phins!!

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