Dolphins trade Kenyan Drake to Cardinals

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Kenyan Drake is on the move.

The Dolphins have traded Drake, their leading rusher, to the Cardinals. Arizona will send a conditional 2020 draft pick to Miami, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The Cardinals are in need of a running back because the top two backs on their depth chart, David Johnson and Chase Edmonds, are both dealing with injuries. But it’s somewhat surprising that the last-place Cardinals are trading for a player who becomes a free agent after the season. Trades like this are usually made by teams fighting for a playoff berth. Perhaps the Cardinals think they can go on a late-season run.

The Dolphins have been trading away talented players for future draft picks all season, and this move is no different. They’re prioritizing building for the future over winning now, and their leading rusher is the latest player to fetch them a future draft pick.

39 responses to “Dolphins trade Kenyan Drake to Cardinals

  1. The big problem in Miami is they NO ONE who can make quality draft picks or free agent signings, the track record is quite evident.

    Good luck KD, who deserve a lot better than our never-ending dumpster fire!

  2. I’m surprised the league hasn’t stepped in by now and told the Dolphins that they have to at least give the impression that they’re trying to field a competitive football team.

    Any remaining Dolphins season ticket holders should be given a refund for having to buy tickets for this wasted year.

  3. They’re trading for draft picks as if they’re hard currency. They still have to make the picks work. But if Miami were good at drafting, they wouldn’t have to be tanking for picks in the first place!

  4. I like Drake, but his contract was about done, nice to get something for him.
    Now maybe Myles Gaskin will get some playing time. I’d like to see what he can do. New staff in miami making the draft picks, besides Grier. So it will be different. Hopefully Flores gets his type of players.

  5. This is the most painful season I’ve ever experienced. The 2007 team fought all year and could have won 5-6+ games with some favourable bounces; this team is an embarrassment. If Grier doesn’t draft some cornerstone players in 2020 then he should be the first to go because this whole strategy is based on him replacing existing players (whom he had a say in drafting in the first place) with newer, better players. I agree with the overall strategy because two decades of mediocrity was worse but Drake is a good young player who we could easily have resigned earlier in the year.

  6. Ok, so we pretty much have to hit on 3 picks. A Franchise QB, and Edge Rusher or two, or a O-Lineman. I really don’t care what position on the O-Line, he just need to be a Pro Bowl caliber player by year two. Much like when Indy picked Quenton Nelson. Edge rusher they need to grab Young from Ohio State. Most importantly though we need Pittsburgh’s and Houston’s picks to be higher. We need to beat the Steelers and hope that with the lost of JJ Watt in Houston will hurt them as well. It would be nice if those three 1st round picks this year will all be top 15 – 20 picks, with two being in the top 10. Hopefully, we will not need to use one of the 2nd round picks to move up further in the 1st round, and instead use those two 2nd round picks to sure up a CB and another OL or edge rushers. Football comes down to two things, protect the passer and getting after the passer. If you can do those two things you can be a productive team.

  7. It’s very curious why he didn’t get more opportunities with the dolphins because he’s a very talented running back, can do it all from running with his Breakaway speed and catching the ball with above-average hands, not to mention his return abilities on special teams. He should flourish in that wide open system in Arizona.

  8. Poor guy. Traded from the worst team in NFL history to another horrible team that will be horrible for years to come.

  9. Letting good players go—-that is what the Browns did. Now Jason McCourty, Danny Shelton, and Jamie Collins are playing good football in New England and the Browns are currently 2-5 with a franchise QB who may or may not be a dominant player in the future. Not a fool-proof strategy.

  10. Some may hate what the dolphisare doing but I see nothing wrong with it – I am a 49ers fan and every year people would ask me how do you think the niners will be this year, I would say I hope the team plays close but doesn’t win…. They would say why and my answer was I rather the niners suck record wise for a few years and gather better draft picks aka better talent and become better for many years with a younger team than a team that stays average at best for a long time.
    Look at what you are going to have dolphins fans not what have now.
    Good luck guys and girls your team is loaded with picks and cash (A ridiculous amount of CASH).
    Don’t suck for Tua suck to for a chance to become great.
    I am a niners fan and I watched the niners suck for a while then we got talent through the draft and Jim Harbaugh came along – we became really good almost great for awhile then we sucked again – Suck and get better talent but don’t win right away and in a few years your team will be extremely good for many years.

  11. ndallasruss says:
    October 28, 2019 at 10:10 am
    I’m surprised the league hasn’t stepped in by now and told the Dolphins that they have to at least give the impression that they’re trying to field a competitive football team.

    Any remaining Dolphins season ticket holders should be given a refund for having to buy tickets for this wasted year.
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    Are they supposed to do that for the Bengals, Jets and Redskins as well?

  12. Maybe cards are hoping a compensatory draft in 2021 with him will be worth more than what they give up & that they’ll have a healthy RB in the process

  13. Well he would count towards their compensatory formula if they didn’t resign him so at a minimum he’s worth that much. I’m guessing a conditional 6 that becomes a 5 if they sign him?

    Mark Walton is better than Drake. Miami had to bench Walton in favor of Drake to keep from beating Buffalo last week.

    It made no sense to keep Kenyan on the roster when they explore better runners.

    It’s time for Patrick Laird.

    The football has no wins (by design) but the FO is piling up wins in the trade department.

  14. scoops1 says:
    October 28, 2019 at 10:03 am
    Detroit missed out on this one….
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    Wrong…
    The Lions need OL help that can run block, and/or a bigger RB that can run between the tackles.
    If the Lions do indeed like him, they’ll pick him up as a FA next spring.

  15. ancient-mariner says:
    October 28, 2019 at 10:51 am
    This is the most painful season I’ve ever experienced. The 2007 team fought all year and could have won 5-6+ games with some favourable bounces; this team is an embarrassment. If Grier doesn’t draft some cornerstone players in 2020 then he should be the first to go because this whole strategy is based on him replacing existing players (whom he had a say in drafting in the first place) with newer, better players. I agree with the overall strategy because two decades of mediocrity was worse but Drake is a good young player who we could easily have resigned earlier in the year.
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    The strategy is ridiculous. Any positivity is based on hope despite a history that shows the poor to middling (at best) draft prowess of the guy making the picks. Miami has gotten rid of cornerstone players for a few lottery tickets that could wind up being busts. At best, if they hit on those picks they will all come due for new big contracts at the same time. It would have been much better to keep guys like Minkah and Tunsil and build around them instead of getting rid of them and adding their spots to a growing list of massive holes that need to be filled. This regime is an embarrassment. From the apparent prioritization of affirmative action over competence in the hiring process to the dismantling of the team to the complete lack of preparedness or desire to be competitive this year I have never been more angry nor more embarrassed to support this team. Many people blame Ross. I believe he shares some blame but he obviously is willing to do what is necessary to win. He just fails abysmally at hiring competent football guys that can fix the systemic problems Miami has had for decades. Fans deserve much better than the garbage they are getting from the management team this year. Yes, the mediocrity was painful but you fix that with skillful drafts and thoughtful free agent acquisitions. This strategy just cements the perception that Grier and Flores do not trust themselves to actually succeed. They are counting on patience based on the number of high picks. If/when those dudes struggle, the excuse will be they are just young. That will last 2 years. The 3rd year will be a make or break year that will ultimately be no better than last year and then…fans and Ross get to do it all over again with only the shame and embarrassment of a potential winless season and underachieving drafts to show for it. No thanks. Fire these clowns now.

  16. I don’t mind this trade. Something tells me they weren’t going to sign him to a new deal so in essence they got something for nothing.

    However, I think this is an even better trade for the Cards. The most they give up is a 5th-round pick and they could just let Drake go at the end of the season and if he signs with someone else they could get a compensatory pick that would be better than what they traded away to get him.

  17. They may think they can re-sign him. They want to see him he can run effectively for them first.

  18. The last play against the Patriots is the only play I remember him making. He couldn’t beat out Frank Gore last year and couldn’t beat out Kalen Ballage this year who btw isn’t playing well either. Sure there is a lot of talent there but for that position it has to be consistently displayed.

  19. Curious. Kind of expected a team like the Rams, Bears, Lions, etc. Cardinals going nowhere in that division.

  20. One point many are missing is besides the pathetic drafting that’s had been going on the past dozen or so years, my problem was they’d let players go and then we’d see them flourish on other teams. The PROBLEM has been the coaching. (not that it is easy with the CBA rules) I see the current staff taking less talent and coaching them up to play beyond their talent.

    Besides Brady the key to a successful Team is selflessness. Get rid of Diva’s. Total Team first. I’ll run through that wall if that’s what it takes.

    Flores is trying to build a team that is chameleon like. Like the Patriots do, they can change dramatically from week to week.

    Example the trade of Kiko to NO. We get back Beigel and that’s a LB that doesn’t care if he has to play Nose tackle.

    When you get a “TEAM” not a bunch of “me” guys, and you have good coaching you will eventually achieve success. Yes and a franchise QB doesn’t hurt.

    I see the Fin’s trading some of their 1st rounders for more 2nd’s & thirds. And having some real CAP room next year. As long as these guys don’t burn out loosing all year.

  21. The Cards have to have someone who can pose a running threat. So I can see why they traded for Drake. If he is the answer, I’d expect them to try and sign him long term.

    The ‘Fins are trying to change a culture than hasn’t been working working. It’s obvious they believe their future lies in draft and building thru the draft. I’m sure the ‘Fins are looking for young leaders as well as talented players. The Fins are trying to build a culture and a future. Right way, or wrong way, that’s the plan. Can Ross stick to a plan?

  22. Dolphins have drafted poorly for many years now. Jimmy Johnson hit big on defensive talent but did nothing for the offense. Wannstedt picked a nickel corner,Jamar Fletcher over Drew Brees & Vernon Carey over Vince Wolfolk. Nick Saban picked a backup running back in college, Ronnie Brown instead of Aaron Rodgers even though the QB on the roster was mediocre Jay Fiedler. Parcells/Ireland chose Jake Long over Matt Ryan. Ireland picking Dion Jordan as the #3 overall pick & actually gave away picks to do so. Drafting DeVonte Parker as the #14 pick of the 1st round in 2015. Ireland picking Ryan Tannehill #8 overall in the 2012 draft. Plus Saban chose Duante Culpepper over Drew Brees in free agency. The list goes on & on. Why should any Dolphins fan trust tanking for high picks will be any different tahn in the last 20 years or so?

  23. The number of draft pick debacles by the Dolphins in the last 15 years is staggering, they have had the overall numbers 1, 2 & 3 picks in different years and gotten very little from Jake Long and Ronnie Brown, and Deion Jordan maybe the 2nd worst draft pick in NFL history behind Ryan Leaf.

  24. tobynite says:
    October 28, 2019 at 10:59 am
    It’s very curious why he didn’t get more opportunities with the dolphins because he’s a very talented running back, can do it all from running with his Breakaway speed and catching the ball with above-average hands, not to mention his return abilities on special teams.

    The previous and current coach, among others, have implied several times that Drake freelances too much, doesn’t run the play that was called and misses key blocking assignments. Coaches hate that.

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