Three big transactions in the NFL have already hit the league, sowing discord and madness; matt discusses their potential implications.
Big name trades don’t really seem to happen all that often in the NFL. In a conservative, copycat league, front offices and general managers are not prone to letting go of their best assets to build for the future – instead, the “win now” mentality dominated the league for many years. Because of this, the trading deadline in the NFL used to be a snoozefest. No longer the case, my friends.
These past couple weeks, we have witnessed the start of the changing NFL. The teams that used to be dominant are no longer atop their old divisions, and perennial losers are now poised to win the whole thing. This season just proves that anything can happen.
Three big name trades happened over the last few days, and I’d just like to take a moment to discuss their implications.
Miami Dolphins Send Jay Ajayi To The Philadelphia Eagles For 2018 4th Round Draft Pick
For many, this came as a surprise because Jay Ajayi is still fresh in our memories as having been the life and spark of the Miami offense these past few seasons. Apparently, this was not really the case, and his lack of work ethic on and off the field was starting to damage his relationship with the team. In truth, Miami isn’t losing out on their biggest weapon on the ground, although I think the fourth round pick is not due compensation for Ajayi’s potential.
Ajayi joins a fairly talented Eagles backfield consisting of LeGarrette Blount and Darren Sproles. He will likely see a lot of third down action, sharing with Darren Sproles. Making this trade might signal that Philadelphia is strengthening their rushing attack to complement Carson Wentz’s passing prowess – one more RB to worry about means Wentz can work with an easier defense. It also means that the Dolphins want to overhaul their offense, starting with Jay Ajayi and probably ending in the release of another Jay on the team (the quarterback, if you couldn’t tell).