2018 NFL Draft: How does Jets-Colts trade affect Dolphins’ thinking at No. 11?

The Jets gave up a huge haul in their trade with Indianapolis. (Getty Images)

DAVIE—This is the simplest thing in the world: The Dolphins’ three choices with the No. 11 pick are stay there, trade up or trade down.

One factor that could complicate that decision, though, is the massive Jets-Colts trade that took place a month ago. New York gave up three second-round picks, two of which are this year, in order to move up from sixth to third. That’s a drastic spike from what the traditional Jimmy Johnson trade chart says is equal value, but Miami vice president Mike Tannenbaum doesn’t believe it will inflate the market for trading picks.

“Obviously, three (second-round picks) for three spots, it looks like one team is targeting something,” said Tannenbaum, who surely is aware of the widespread assumption that the Jets are angling for one of the top four quarterbacks. “That doesn’t necessarily affect the rest of the trades. Sometimes trades before the draft have one set of criteria, whereas once you’re in the heat of the moment…

“My view with that is the trade chart is a great guideline, but at the end of the day, if two teams want to get something done, they’re going to get something done.”

Johnson’s chart, which uses a point system to assign values to every pick, says one high second-round pick would be almost enough to pay for the jump from No. 6 to No. 3.

The Dolphins rely heavily on Brandon Shore, the senior director of football administration, and Director of Analytics Dennis Lock to track those trades and establish what the team should expect to give up or receive if it explores making moves with its draft picks.

Tannenbaum remains open to moving up or down and has been taking calls from teams this week. Given the Dolphins’ situation, it seems ideal to do one or the other rather than stay at No. 11.

In that spot, Miami is unlikely to get one of the four prized quarterbacks. Moving into the top five, however, would cost the team an enormous amount of assets that it probably can’t afford to surrender considering how many holes are on the roster.

One major position of need is tight end, and No. 11 is too much of a reach for Dallas Goedert or Hayden Hurst, the top two prospects this year. If the Dolphins could move back into the 20s and get some extra picks in return, they’d be in a good spot to grab one of those two.

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2018 NFL free agents: RB Frank Gore visits Miami Dolphins

Frank Gore looks like he still has something to offer. (Getty Images)

As the Dolphins sift through the second wave of free agents, they are hosting veteran running back Frank Gore. Gore is at the team facility in Davie today, a source said, and could be a significant addition to Miami’s young running back corps.

Gore, a homegrown talent who starred at the University of Miami, turns 35 this spring but hardly looks like it. He’s coming off a season of 961 yards and three touchdowns on 261 carries for the Colts.

The Dolphins appear to be headed into the season with Kenyan Drake as their top running back, and the backups under contract are Senorise Perry (eight career carries) and Brandon Radcliff (zero career NFL appearances). With $2.6 million in cap hits scheduled for 2018, they are currently spending the third-lowest amount on running backs in the NFL.

They have explored other options at running back, including hosting DeMarco Murray for a visit. The Dolphins have also been linked to Denver running back C.J. Anderson, who signed an offer sheet with them two years ago but returned to the Broncos when they matched it. Denver is thought to have Anderson on the trading block.

Drake, 24, was the Dolphins’ third-round pick in 2016 and took over as the lead back last year after they traded Jay Ajayi and lost Damien Williams to a shoulder injury. In nine games after the Ajayi trade, Drake rushed for 619 yards (five per carry), had 232 receiving yards and four total touchdowns.

Gore is one of the most accomplished running backs in NFL history and currently stands fifth on the all-time rushing list at 14,026 yards. He could surpass No. 4 Curtis Martin (14,101) this season and is about 1,200 yards behind Barry Sanders for third.

He was a five-time Pro Bowl selection with San Francisco, last making the game in 2013, and has topped 1,000 yards in nine of his 13 seasons. He played for the Colts the last three years, totaling 2,953 yards and 13 touchdowns on 784 carries. Not bad considering running backs are supposed to be done when they hit 30.

That’s not exactly shocking from Gore, who has defied doubters throughout his career.

He came back from a torn ACL while playing for the Hurricanes in 2002 and ’03 and nearly hit 1,000 yards as a senior. The 49ers drafted him in the third round, and he announced himself with an outstanding second season in which he rushed for 1,695 yards and eight touchdowns, averaging 5.4 yards per carry.

His durability might be the most impressive thing about his pro career. Gore played in 196 of a possible 208 regular-season games during his time with the 49ers and Colts. He has not missed one since 2010. He’s carried the ball 3,226 times, including 261 last year (eighth in the league).

Gore should be a fairly affordable addition if the Dolphins decide to sign him. He played on a three-year, $12 million contract in Indianapolis, and the market for him now would likely be a one year at something close to that annual salary. His career earnings are estimated at close to $60 million.

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Andrew Luck ruled out of Sunday’s matchup with Dolphins

Indianapolis Colts' Andrew Luck watches from the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
Indianapolis Colts’ Andrew Luck watches from the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano has ruled quarterback Andrew Luck out of Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins.

Luck is still recovering from a lacerated kidney.

With backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck in Pagano’s words “beat up from the feet up,” Charlie Whitehurst could potentially start against the Dolphins.

More to come on this developing story.