On Sunday, former Miami Hurricanes’ running back Mark Walton got the start for the Dolphins -which had many fans wondering what that meant for the future of Kenyan Drake in Miami. After all, trade rumors began to surface earlier in the season that the Dolphins could move on from Drake, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2020.
And although Drake has been very adamant that he will do whatever is in the team’s best interest, it now appears those at the top may be ready to do something in his best interest.
According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins have indeed spoke to Drake about a contract extension. Unfortunately, the sides remain far apart, which has led to reports that Miami could trade the 25-year old RB before the October 29th trade deadline.
For the record, the Dolphins say they spoke to Drake camp about extension. Talks went nowhere. He's now available for a draft pick, per source who has spoken to the team's front office.— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) October 17, 2019
Drake, the former 73rd overall pick in the 2016 draft, has never been given the workload many in the fan base believe he should. In fact, he’s always been part of a two-headed backfield, dating back to his days in Alabama.
Over his 4 year NFL career, Drake rushed for 1,511 yards and 9 touchdowns on 337 attempts. He also recorded 113 receptions for 889 yards and 6 touchdowns. Oh, and of course, he played an intricate role in the infamous ‘‘Miami Miracle’.
With Drake likely out, that could mean a heavy workload for Mark Walton, who led Miami’s stable of running backs with 75 all purpose yards on Sunday. The 22-year old RB was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth-round of the 2018 draft.
It is anyone’s guess as to whether or not the Dolphins will find a suitor for Drake. But one thing is certain, Mark Walton is in-store for a bulk of the carries. And if Sunday is any indication, that might be what’s best for the Miami Dolphins moving forward.