As has already been talked about a lot today (and thanks to those of you who have posted about today's trade), the Dolphins dealt from a position of strength to improve a position of concern on Wednesday when they sent receiver Greg Camarillo to Minnesota in exchange for veteran cornerback Benny Sapp.
The 29 year old Sapp is entering his seventh season after spending time with Kansas City and, more recently, Minnesota. Last year, Sapp started seven games for the Vikings, though he didn't exactly excel. According to Pro Football Focus, the undersized corner (5'9, 190) allowed 40 receptions on 57 targets - averaging 10.7 yards per completion. Opposing quarterbacks had a passer rating of over 103 when throwing in Sapp's direction last year.
But what Sapp dos bring to Miami is experience playing nickel corner. He's a guy who isn't afriad to mix it up and throw his head in there in run support. He's also a core special teams player and will likely get mixed into the coverage units sooner rather than later.
For Camarillo, the writing has been on the wall for some time, I suppose. Everyone has been calling Brian Hartline and younger and faster version of Camarillo. Greg, though, will always have a special place in the hearts of Dolphin fans. He worked hard to get where he is today and was the hero of the infamous 2007 win over Baltimore. So this trade was probably hard for many Dolphin fans to swallow.
But you have to wonder what it means to this team. Does it say that the coaches are confident in receivers Patrick Turner and Marlon Moore - the two favorites now to round out the receiving corps on the final 53 man roster? Or does it show how concerned the coaches are about the cornerbacks?
Will Allen still hasn't returned to practice since having a procedure done to clean up his knee. Nolan Carroll struggled in his time as the starting nickel corner on Saturday night. And Nate Ness didn't have the kind of stand-out game many were hoping for.
Today's trade is an interesting move that's going to impact many players who are hoping to make this team. With that said, be sure to pop in tomorrow to check out the updated "roster bubble."