In 2019, the Miami Dolphins traded left tackle Laremy Tunsil to the Houston Texans, a move that sent Miami’s 2016 13th-overall pick to Texas for a haul of draft picks. Somehow, it is a trade that still is bringing the Dolphins assets, including this week’s trade for six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Tyreek Hill.
How do we get from Laremy Tunsil to Tyreek Hill three years later? It is time once again to track the legend that is Laremy Tunsil and that trade. And, see what Miami still has remaining from the deal.
Setting it up
The Tunsil trade is actually the product of another trade. In 2016, the Dolphins held the eighth-overall pick, but they sent it to the Philadelphia Eagles in March, receiving back linebacker Kiko Alonso, cornerback Byron Maxwell, and the 13th-overall pick. The Eagles then used the eighth pick as part of the package to move up to the Cleveland Browns’ second-overall pick, where they selected quarterback Carson Wentz. The Browns turned around and traded the eighth pick again, sending it to the Tennessee Titans, who used the selection to add offensive tackle Jack Conklin.
The Dolphins, sitting with the 13th pick, saw one of the most dramatic situations to happen to a draft prospect lead to them adding Tunsil. Just as the opening round of the Draft began, a video leaked of Tunsil wearing a gas mask attached to a bong. There were also screenshots of communications in which Tunsil asked for money to assist with rent and his mother’s bills. The video and picture sent waves through the Draft, and suddenly Tunsil, considered the best offensive tackle prospect that year, fell. Miami added Tunsil to the roster, laying him at guard as a rookie before moving him to left tackle in 2017.
Jumping to 2019, the Texans made a series of offers to the Dolphins in an attempt to acquire Tunsil. The Dolphins initially declined any deals, with the team not looking to trade away a player who could be a franchise left tackle for years to come.
Then the deal became too big to reject.
The Dolphins sent Tunsil, wide receiver Kenny Stills, a 2020 fourth-round pick, and a 2021 sixth-round pick to Houston.
- 2020 first-round pick
- 2021 first-round pick
- 2021 second-round pick
- Cornerback Johnson Bademosi
- Offensive lineman Julién Davenport
During the 2019 season, Bademosi made four appearances for the Dolphins. He recorded five tackles for the team, but was released in mid-October.
Davenport started eight games for the Dolphins in 2019, replacing Tunsil at left tackle. He missed eight games in the middle of the season due to a broken fibula.
For the Texans, Tunsil started 14 games at left tackle, earning his first Pro Bowl selection. Stills played 13 games, starting five of them, and recorded 40 receptions for 561 yards with four touchdowns.
2020 NFL Draft
As the 2020 NFL Draft began, the Dolphins started moving the draft pick they received from the Texans. The first move came as they sent the first-round pick they received, the 26th overall, to the Green Bay Packers for the 30th overall pick and the 136th overall pick (fourth round).
Miami used the 30th selection to add cornerback Noah Igbinoghene.
The 136th overall pick was then packaged with the 141st pick to make a trade with the Texans to grab the 111th pick - which was the pick they sent to the Texans as part of the Tunsil trade. There, they selected offensive lineman Solomon Kindley.
The Texans traded the 136th pick to the Los Angeles Rams as part of a package to move up to the 126th selection, where they selected offensive tackle Charlie Heck. They used the 141st pick to select cornerback John Reid.
- 2020 first-round pick (26th)-> Traded to Green Bay for 30th and 136th
- 30th pick -> Cornerback Noah Igbinoghene
- 136th pick (+ 141st pick) -> Traded to Houston for 111th
- 111th pick -> Offensive lineman Solomon Kindley
Davenport appeared in all 16 games for the Dolphins, but he only started one time. He signed with the Indianapolis Colts in the 2021 offseason.
Igbinoghene appeared in 16 games as a rookie, starting twice. He recorded 13 tackles with two passes defended and two fumbles recovered.
Kindley slid into the offensive line at right guard, starting 13 games.
2021 NFL Draft
The first-round pick from the Texans turned into the third-overall selection for Miami, while the second-round pick was the 36th-overall selection. Miami again began moving the picks, this time sending the third pick to the San Francisco 49ers for the 12th overall pick, a 2022 first-round pick, a 2022 third-round pick, and a 2023 first-round pick.
The Dolphins then immediately traded the 12th pick, along with a fourth-round pick (123rd), and their own 2022 first-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for the sixth-overall pick. Miami used the sixth pick to select wide receiver Jaylen Waddle.
They used the 36th pick to add safety Jevon Holland.
The 156th pick from trade with the Eagles was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a 2022 fourth-round pick.
- 2021 first-round pick (3rd) -> Traded San Francisco for 12th overall, 2022 1st, 2022 3rd, 2023 1st
- 12th pick (+ 123rd, 2022 1st) -> Traded to Philadelphia for 6th overall, 156th (Originally from Dallas Cowboys)
- 6th pick -> Wide receiver Jaylen Waddle
- 2021 second-round pick (36th) -> Safety Jevon Holland
- 156th pick -> Traded to Pittsburgh for 2022 4th
The Dolphins’ youth movement led to the team having four players in the first or second year in the NFL as the four representatives on the roster from the Tunsil trade. Igbinoghene appeared in seven games in 2021, starting once. He recorded six tackles,
Kindley played 16 games during the season, but only started twice, working primarily on special teams and as a situational player.
Waddle started 16 games as a rookie, recording an NFL rookie record 104 receptions. He tallied 1,015 yards with six touchdowns on the season. He also rushed for a score.
Holland began the season behind Eric Rowe and Jason McCourty at safety, but quickly established himself as the future of the position for the Dolphins. He appeared in 16 games, starting 13 of them, with 69 tackles, 10 passes defensed, two interceptions, three fumble recoveries, and 2.5 sacks.
The Dolphins got aggressive this week, pulling off a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs to acquire Hill. They sent five draft picks to the Chiefs in exchange for the wideout. Included in that deal was the first-round pick from the 49ers, along with Miami’s second-round pick (50th) and fourth-round pick (121st), as well as fourth- and sixth-round picks for 2023.
Current Results from Laremy Tunsil trade:
- Johnson Bademosi (4 games played, released)
- Julién Davenport (24 games played, 9 starts, not re-signed)
- Noah Ibinoghene (23 games played, 3 starts, 19 tackles, 2 passes defensed, 2 fumble recoveries)
- Solomon Kindley (29 games played, 15 starts)
- Jaylen Waddle (16 games played, 16 starts, 104 receptions, 1,015 yards, 6 touchdowns, 2 rushes, 3 yards, touchdown)
- Jevon Holland (16 games played, 13 starts, 69 tackles, 10 passes defensed, 2 interceptions, 3 fumble recoveries, 2.5 sacks)
- Tyreek Hill
- 2022 third-round pick (102nd) (from 49ers)
- 2022 fourth-round pick (125th) (from Steelers)
- 2023 first-round pick (from 49ers)
Bold players still on Dolphins’ roster.
I’m blessing y’all— Laremy Tunsil (@KingTunsil78) March 23, 2022