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What They're Saying: Chris Chambers Edition

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Since so much is being said about the Chris Chambers trade and what it means for this franchise as a whole, I wanted to post some of the better thoughts I found about the trade from around the internet.

Greg Cote, Miami Herald
Cote likes the trade a lot and now wants to see some more things done by the Dolphins to help them look toward the future. Click here for the full article. Here's a taste:

Besides, back in 2001 Miami spent to get him the same second-round pick the team will now be getting for him. In other words, in effect, Miami got 405 catches and 43 TDs from him, and then a full refund. Not bad.

Miami's previous trade for a second-rounder (from New England for Wes Welker) turned out to be starting center Samson Satele, a solid part of whatever new foundation is beginning to set. If the pick for Chambers produces a player as good, it will have served Miami well.

Meantime in Chambers' place we'll see more now of No. 1-drafted rookie Ted Ginn Jr. and of promising young Derek Hagan. Good and good.

Even better: John Beck, the second-round rookie quarterback, as soon as possible, por favor.

Let's make Tuesday's Chambers trade the start of something sweeping, something bigger than just this one deal.

It's about time we see Ginn as something close to a full-time receiver along with his kick-return duties to begin to gauge whether he was worth the draft's overall ninth pick -- a presumption still pretty dubious.

Also, is Lorenzo Booker still on the team?

Likewise, and most importantly, the Dolphins need to find out this season whether Beck looks like a franchise quarterback or not, and only under fire on Sundays do you get to see that.

With a couple of top-five-type QBs possibly available to Miami in Boston College's Matt Ryan and Louisville's Brian Brohm, why rule them out entirely unless you're sure Beck is the man. So find out in the next 2 ½ months.

I hate to do this, but this post is kind of lengthy, as I got 4 more articles for you to check out below. So you'll have to click the "read more" to see the rest. I know, I know. It sucks. But there's a lot of talking going on about this trade and rightfully so.

Armando Salguero, Miami Herald
Salguero is rather indifferent on the trade and points to the fact that the only thing that matters from this trade is how the Dolphins use the pick. Bang it here for the full article or just read the excerpt below:

Who cares?

I don't give a hoot about what it means for Ted Ginn Jr. and Derek Hagan. And I don't really care about what it means about the rest of this season.

I only care about what happens with that second round pick. Nothing more.

If I am a Dolphins fan I am instantly hoping the Chargers lose the rest of their games. You see, the more the Chargers lose, the higher that pick will come in the second round.

More importantly, what are the Dolphins going to do with that second round pick? That's the main thing to care about. It doesn't matter if Miami goes offense or defense (they better not feed us the we're drafting a returner junk again). What really matters is that the Dolphins turn that pick into a starting-caliber player that contributes, like, soon.

Ben Volin, Palm Beach Post
Volin thinks that the trade makes sense for both teams. Here's the full article and here's an excerpt:

Chambers, a second-round pick out of Wisconsin in 2001, led the Dolphins in receiving yards in each of his first five seasons, and made his only Pro Bowl in 2005. But with the Dolphins at 0-6, and Chambers underperforming while youngsters Ted Ginn and Derek Hagan mostly sit on the bench, it makes sense for the Dolphins to pick up a valuable second-round pick for Chambers, 29, who is signed through 2009 and has more than $10 million in salary due the next two seasons.
But with the Dolphins' already thinking ahead to 2008, and rookie John Beck close to playing now that Trent Green is out with a concussion, Cam Cameron and Randy Mueller made a smart move by opening up playing time for Ginn and Hagan.

Mueller and Cameron hoped to transition from the Nick Saban Era without undergoing a full-blown rebuilding project, but the team's current situation has made it a necessity.

Dave George, Palm Beach Post
George says the move is a bright spot in this miserable season, but questions if this front office can be trusted with more draft picks. Full article here. Excerpt here:

Should Miami fans be encouraged, though, by Tuesday's forfeiture of Chambers, the team's leading receiver five years running, in exchange for a second-round pick in next spring's draft?

I would be if somebody else were running that draft.

There is a sound message here, after all. Miami coach Cam Cameron is facing the reality that this season is shot and there is no saving it. Looking to 2008 makes perfect sense, with a cold eye trained solely on personnel evaluation between now and then, including the accelerated apprenticeship of rookie quarterback John Beck.

The anxiety comes in measuring the value of a second-round pick.

Miami hasn't exactly been knocking them out of the park in this area the last few years.

Nick Saban, for instance, deemed Minnesota Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper to be worth a 2006 second-round pick. That was good for 21 sacks in four starts, a thoroughly awkward rehab period under a new coaching regime, and an ugly divorce that netted the Dolphins absolutely nothing.

General Manager Randy Mueller, in concert with Saban, has his fingerprints on the spending of a precious No. 1 draft choice on Jason Allen. Then, in concert with Cameron, he spent another No. 1 on Ted Ginn, Jr.

That's not exactly fair, as Mueller really didn't have any say in Saban's draft. The only thing you can judge Cam and Randy on is this past draft. and to this point, you don't know how it's going to pan out right now. Of course, Samson Satele was clearly a great pick. He's going to be the centerpiece of this offensive line for years. As for Ginn and Beck, we'll find out soon enough.

Omar Kelly, Sun-Sentinel
Kelly also likes the trade and does believe that it improves the team's future. Full article is here and the excerpt is below:

Moving Chambers, a good player and pretty good guy, for an excellent draft pick was the first dynamic move Randy Mueller's made as the Dolphins GM because it improves the team's future. And that's without a doubt what the rest of this season should be about.

Mueller's shown that he's looking longterm, and anyone who isn't right now when dealing with the Dolphins is making a huge mistake.

While Chambers was one of the team's top offensive weapons, he's 29, has declining stats, and probably declining speed.

By the time the Dolphins finally settle on a quarterback, and that quarterback becomes decent, Chambers would have certainly been a past-his-prime possession receiver, and one who was being paid the salary of an elite talent.

Moving him now for a pretty good draft pick (think top 50 player) that might unearth the team's next right tackle, or shutdown cornerback (Patrick Surtain and Sam Madison were both found in the second round) means Mueller is thinking big picture, and I believe that's the only approach to take with the next 10 games.

So what do you guys think about these various points of view?