The Dolphins have been active on the trade market the past two offseasons under Mike Tannenbaum, and he recently offered some insight into how he views deals.
For Tannenbaum, it’s important not only to get good value on his trades, but also to make sure Miami maintains a reputation as an organization with which other teams are comfortable negotiating. When looking back at last year’s swap of the No. 8 pick for the Eagles’ No. 13, plus Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso, Tannenbaum takes pride in knowing the trade worked out for Philadelphia as well.
The Eagles were able to package that pick and others to get the No. 2 selection from Cleveland and take quarterback Carson Wentz. Miami, meanwhile, caught a big break with Laremy Tunsil plummeting to them at 13th.
“It’s really important that you have 31 trade partners,” Tannenbaum said. “And you really want to come up with solutions that work well for both teams.
“You go back to last year with Philadelphia, for example—I don’t want to speak for them, but I think they’re pretty happy with Carson Wentz. For us to get Tunsil, Maxwell and Kiko, we feel good about that. So I think it’s really important to be a good listener and to understand what the other team is trying to do.
“When it comes to Julius Thomas or Branden Albert, hopefully those are trades that (the Jaguars) feel good about as well, and we could work with them again in the future. Because in a cap system you have finite resources to get better. So I think trades is an area that you have to look at as a viable way to help yourself.”
In his rookie season, Wentz completed 62.4 percent of his passes, averaged 236.4 yards per game and had 16 touchdowns against 14 interceptions. Maxwell, Alonso and Tunsil, meanwhile, were all immediate starters for the Dolphins.
More recently, the Dolphins were on the brink of releasing Albert before they pulled that back to make a deal with Jacksonville. They sent Albert out for a seventh-round pick and sent back a seventh rounder to Jacksonville for Thomas. That kept either team from having to chase the player it wanted in free agency.
Miami also traded for Rams defensive end William Hayes, who figures to be a key part of the rotation this season.
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