The Miami Dolphins have traded defensive end Chris McCain to the New Orleans Saints, it was announced on Monday. Miami will receive a conditional seventh-round draft choice in compensation for McCain.
McCain joined the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2014 out of California. In two seasons with Miami, McCain, who has played both linebacker and defensive end for the team, recorded seven tackles, with two sacks and one forced fumble in 19 games played. He has, the last two training camps, appeared to be a player on the verge of breaking out, but he then seems to disappear as the summer moves along, and he has found himself buried on the depth chart in the past. He was in danger of not making the roster this year, with Miami having several defensive ends ahead of the McCain on the depth chart, and it appears the team has found a way to try to get something in return for McCain.
The move to New Orleans for McCain reunites him with former Dolphins interim head coach Dan Campbell, who is now working as the Saints’ tight ends coach and assistant head coach.
McCain tweeted after the trade was made:
Thank you Dolphins for a wonderful 2 1/2 yrs. love Florida but GOD always has a plan. And I'm very thankful for this opportunity #whodat— Chris McCain (@DolphinEret) August 29, 2016