Super Duper Club
- Aug 10, 2008
- Reaction score
- Pattaya, Thailand
I know he has been injured, but I would be seriously disappointed if we traded him. Just like Jarvis, you find a way to keep good players and only if you can't - do you let them go. Now I don't foresee this and I think the current regime is better than the last.
The Realistic Targets
Kenyan Drake, RB, Dolphins
Miami has been in full tear-down mode this offseason. The team has already parted with expensive veterans Ja’Wuan James (who signed a four-year, $51 million deal with Denver in free agency) and Robert Quinn (who was traded to Dallas), and at this point, few players on the roster seem untouchable. As the Dolphins look to stockpile assets during their rebuild, Drake—who’s set to make a $2 million base salary in the final year of his rookie deal—could be an interesting trade piece for an offense looking to add more pop to its backfield.
Drake was solid last season, averaging 4.5 yards per carry on 120 carries, and that came after he looked like a budding superstar at the tail end of 2017. That year, Drake ranked third in Pro Football Focus’s elusiveness rating, a metric that combines broken tackles and yards after contact. His production always warranted more touches, but former Miami coach Adam Gase seemed reluctant to lean on the 211-pound back as the team’s primary rusher. The new regime, led by first-year coach Brian Flores, could decide to hang on to Drake so they can determine if he’ll be a part of the team’s future. But dealing him would give Miami some immediate draft capital for a player who may be on the move next spring anyway.
Possible landing spot: Texans. The phrase “just a guy” was invented for players like Lamar Miller. The former Dolphin—who signed a four-year, $26 million deal with Houston in 2016—has been … fine since becoming the Texans’ primary back, but Drake would provide a younger, more potent force that could take advantage of the openings created by Deshaun Watson’s mobility. Houston entered free agency loaded with cap space but was fairly cautious in how it wielded it. The Texans currently have more than $40 million in room, trailing only the Colts. Even if Houston is bullish on third-year back D’onta Foreman, who’s returning this season after missing all of 2018 as he rehabbed a torn Achilles, Drake would be a low-risk way to help the Texans running game.