Era of Depression in Review: 15 years of trades

Since we still hear things about the endless debates over poor trades Miami has had in the past 15 years and also how apparently the current Front Office has been proven inept by the decade of disgust, I figured we could just make it easy and lump all of the trades into one post. Let's get it out of the way before any future trades made by Dennis Hickey are tied to the ineptness of Rick Spielman and the South Beach Piñata, Jeff Ireland. With this one, I am not going to list the players taken with those draft picks. That touches a different subject, player scouting and acquisition, when I am merely referencing trade value. I will reference players they passed up with those draft picks they traded away during the draft because they can add or subtract value (such as first overall picks not having tremendous value in years where there are no or few elite players). I am not going to list trades that involve simply late round picks though. They're just simply not worth the time. Same goes for some mid-rounds where the team only moves up or down a few spots.

1998: This technically exceeds the 15 year benchmark, but this was the first of a series of bad trades that affected the last 15 years as it involves the 2000 season. Jimmy Johnson, in all his glory, traded a first round pick in 2000 to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for a 1998 second round pick. This just reeks of desperation in trying to get as much while you can because it is so shortsighted. For the record, JJ was gone by the 2000 season and didn't have to suffer through not having that first round pick. Bad Trade.

2001: Dolphins trade up 4 spots (56th overall to 52nd overall) and give up a fourth round pick. Hey, you're assured to get the player you want (Chris Chambers for those who are curious). Doesn't sound bad. Reasonable Trade.

2001: Miami traded their 2002 second round pick in exchange for a late third round pick (88th overall) in 2001. I hate these types of trade because they are short sighted. They may be good in a deep draft (2001 wasn't in the mid rounds), but generally speaking they go for immediate satisfaction over long-term health. For those curious, they took Morlon Greenwood with the pick. Bad Trade.

2002: Dolphins trade a first round pick (25th overall), a conditional third round pick that turned into a 2003 first round pick (18th overall), and swapped fourth round picks (Miami dropped from 114th to 125th overall pick). Williams was a top RB and this was still when RBs had very good value. The issue with Ricky was his rift with Wanny and the subsequent Marijuana and retirement issues. This still has no bearing on trade value at the time. Pretty Good Trade.

2003: Miami trades a 2004 second round pick to New England for a 2003 third round pick (78th overall). Rick Spielman, I want to slap you. Fortunately Miami didn't get a complete bust in T Wade Smith. But you know my thoughts on these types of trades. Bad Trade.

2003: Miami trades DE Al Wallace and a fourth round pick (119th overall) for DE Jay Williams. Williams was 30 at the time and was a decent, but not very good DE. He at least produced some for Miami, but this still leaned a little too much towards immediate satisfaction for a team that was trying to get over the 10-6 hump, an impossible feat when Dave Wannstedt is that hump. Slightly Below Average Trade.

2004: The Dolphins move up a single spot, from 20th overall to 19th overall, to select OT Vernon Carey. The reasoning behind this were reported offers from New England and Dallas to leap Miami and get Carey. The Dolphins sent a late fourth round pick in exchange. Say what you want about Carey, but this is not an unreasonable deal to make sure you get the man you covet in the first round. Reasonable Trade.

2004: Green Bay trades for Miami's third round pick (87th overall) in exchange for their fourth round (102nd overall) and fifth round (153rd overall) picks. Hey, this time it was Green Bay criticized at the time because they wanted a punter. Reasonable Trade.

2004: Miami trades a 2005 second round pick for QB A.J. Feeley. My built up anger for Wannstedt and Spielman was growing. I had a letter waiting in the wings to Wayne Huizenga requesting that Wannstedt and Spielman play a televised game of Roshambo to see which one keeps their job. You thought that was bad? Oh the demise of the 2004 season and the destruction of Miami's future was only beginning! Terrible Trade.

2004: In September, Miami traded a 2005 third round pick to the St Louis Rams for RB Lamar Gordon. This reeked of desperation following the retirement of Ricky Williams. It was terrible value as Gordon was only a role player behind Marshall Faulk. This obviously wasn't the first time I wanted Dave Wannstedt and Rick Spielman to be fired (not even the first year), but this was the moment where I wanted them to be fired with a slap by a New York City phonebook before being tossed out. I would get my wish as Wannstedt resigned during the season and Spielman got the boot following the season. Terrible Trade.

2005: Under the direction of Miami's new saviors, GM Randy Mueller and HC Dick Satan, Miami for once did not make a bad trade. Hallelujah! We're saved!

2006: Well, that didn't last long. The infamous trade finally arrives and Mueller and Satan had their first blemish. Thinking Brees wanted too much money, the Dolphins grew tired and traded for Daunte Culpepper in exchange for a second round (51st overall) draft pick. Culpepper was coming off a struggling year in Minnesota in which the season was also cut short when he tore three ligaments in his knee. If Brees wasn't available, the truth is Miami fans probably would've been more excited about this deal because of the desperation for a decent QB. Brees' presence in free agency though made this a much debated and much scrutinized deal. Before you question my value of this trade, remember that Brees does not play a factor into this trade. Otherwise this is one of the biggest WTF moments of the past decade. This is merely the value of a trade for someone that was a very good QB that was coming off an injury shortened, below average season. Culpepper was still in his prime years and the pick was in the middle of the round as well. Very Reasonable Trade.

2007: Dick Satan was gone and Miami tabbed Cam Cameron and his extended family to lead Miami into greatness oblivion. Miami trades WR Wes Welker to the New England Patriots for a second round and seventh round draft pick. In reality, the Dolphins were coerced into this trade. Wes Welker was a RFA and the Patriots had agreement that had a poison pill that made it effectively impossible for Miami to match. If Welker simply signed the deal, the only thing Miami would've acquired was that second round pick. In an attempt to avoid scrutiny and questioning, the Patriots threw in a seventh round pick for the Dolphins in a trade and then just gave him a new contract. There are two issues to look at here. The first issue was Miami inappropriately giving Welker only a second round tender. That was Miami's mistake. Again, just remember I am looking simply at trade value and that does not include the mistake of the tender, but only includes the ability of Miami to squeeze out an extra pick when their hand was forced. Reasonable Trade.

2007: In the midst of an 0-6 start, the Dolphins jettisoned their only quality WR Chris Chambers to the San Diego Chargers in exchange for a 2008 second round pick. The team was going nowhere, but Chambers still had value. Chambers was only 29 years-old though and still had some quality time left in his career. His play dipped in 2006, but he was one of the few players that were able to produce somewhat in an abysmal year (415 yards in 6 games, but 0 TDs. Actually not that bad considering the terrible talent on offense). The Chargers were a good team so the second round pick (57th overall) was expected to be late in the round. Not bad value, but Chambers also could've been part of a rebuilding effort. Average Trade.

2007: Dolphins trade a fifth round pick to the Kansas City Chiefs for QB Trent Green. He was once a very good QB, but his 2006 season was, like Daunt Culpepper, cut short and rather pedestrian. Green's trade was much more acceptable value though based on the low draft pick surrendered. Fans had hope with Trent Green, Ronnie Brown, and Chris Chambers. Except none of them would finish the season. Thinking back to what could have been if Miami didn't make a poor decision in giving Wes Welker a second round tender and we could've had much more hope before the injuries to Green and Brown, along with the trade of Chambers, turned Sun Life Stadium into a meeting place for the newly created Alcoholics Unanimous. Good Trade.

2008: Miami traded DE Jason Taylor to the Washington Redskins for a second round pick and a sixth round pick in 2010. Lets be real here. Taylor was still a very good player for Miami, but the team wasn't ready to be competitive anytime soon - at least it seemed. Taylor was 34 years-old and despite our love for him, Miami was in need of a major rebuild. I love you JT, but we got a good deal. Very Good Trade.

2008: Miami trades a fourth round pick for LB Akin Ayodele and TE Anthony Fasano. A trade that worked! Celebrate good times, c'mon! This is the moment where I feel the iconic Cleveland Indians manager Lou Brown from the movie Major League gives a very applicable quote for Miami's success in wheeling and dealing. "Ok, we won a game yesterday. If we win today, it's called 'two in a row.' And if we win again tomorrow, it's called a 'winning streak.' It has happened before!" Very Good Trade.

2010: The Dolphins traded a second round picking 2010 and another second round pick in 2011 for WR Brandon Marshall. Wait, what? Three in a row? Three solid moves in a row is good enough to put fictional Lou Brown in a hospital with "a heart attack thing." It was great to get Marshall, but the Dolphins did pay a very good value on him. This was actually a highly debated trade at the time for the Phinsiders as many didn't think the value was good as they didn't consider Marshall to be a top 10 WR. Things were still looking up though because Miami did get a much needed impact player. Pretty Good Trade.

2010: Only mere days after it seems like a trade for Brandon Marshall excited fans with what felt like a Home Run, the next move felt like a sacrifice bunt - with nobody on base. With a bunch of highly regarded players like S Earl Thomas, DE Jason Pierre-Paul, DE Brandon Graham, WR Demaryius Thomas, and WR Dez Bryant on the board and all expected to have very immediate and very good production, the Dolphins traded back from #12 overall to #28 overall. The Dolphins also surrendered a fourth and sixth round pick in return for a second round pick, a fourth round pick, and LB Tim Dobbins. The depth in the middle of the first round was known to be deep and the Dolphins traded right out of it. Sad 20/20 factoid: 9 Pro Bowlers went between the pick Miami moved out of and the pick they gained to eventually select Jared Odrick. Bad Trade.

2010: Traded WR Ted Ginn to the SF 49ers for a fifth round pick. At this point, Ginn wasn't much of a WR, but was a quality return man. This is more of a wash or can be seen as a slightly below average trade. Reasonable Trade.

2010: Traded WR Greg Camarillo for CB Benny Sapp. For some reason, people were upset at this trade. It was really just a marginal move as neither Camarillo or Sapp are nothing more than mere role players. Reasonable Trade.

2011: Miami traded a third round pick (79th overall), fifth round pick, and seventh round pick to the Redskins to acquire a second round pick (62nd overall). You may not like who they took, RB Daniel Thomas, but the cost wasn't bad. Reasonable Trade.

2012: The Dolphins traded WR Brandon Marshall for a third round pick in 2012 and another third round pick in 2013 to the Chicago Bears two days after he allegedly punched a woman in the face outside a nightclub. Despite the complaints that Miami gave up too much (2 second round picks) when they acquired Marshall, there were more complaints they sold him for too little (2 third round picks). In reality, Marshall had a history of disturbing issues, not all of which carried the threat of suspension. There were worries about Marshall after the latest incident at the nightclub about potential ramifications for an NFL that was cracking down on bad behavior. This trade was a bit of a gamble. A market is down on a WR facing discipline and Miami was worried about his future. I feel they took what they could get as they were worried about his future on the team. Conservative Trade that did not work out for Miami.

2012: Traded CB Vontae Davis for a second round pick in 2012 and a sixth round pick in 2013. Davis, despite being a first round pick, was inconsistent with Miami and was struggling in Kevin Coyle's new system throughout training camp. Despite his first round pick, he was not exactly the standard Miami was looking for with a CB. Reasonable Trade.

2013: The Dolphins traded the 12th overall pick and a second round pick (42nd overall) to Oakland for the third overall pick. Despite who you felt Miami should or shouldn't take, that is actually a very good price to pay to move into the top 3. Good Trade.

2013: The Dolphins traded a third round pick (82nd overall) to New Orleans for two fourth round picks (106th overall and 109th overall). It is decent value for the move, though I did like who was available in that range in the third round. Miami wasn't done though. Reasonable Trade.

2013: The Dolphins traded the newly acquired fourth round pick (109th overall), a fifth round pick, and seventh round pick to Green Bay for their third round pick (93rd overall). This made it feel like the Dolphins brass were playing the Dizzy Bat drinking game. Ultimately they got a fourth round pick (106th overall) to move down 11 spots in the third round while also giving up a fifth and seventh round pick. Not exactly an awesome hustling job, but a respectable job nonetheless. Reasonable Trade.

After writing this, I'm going to go have some shots - a lot of them. At least it isn't 2007.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Phinsider's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of The Phinsider writers or editors.

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join The Phinsider

You must be a member of The Phinsider to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Phinsider. You should read them.

Join The Phinsider

You must be a member of The Phinsider to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Phinsider. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.