The Arizona Cardinals have traded for Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake. The Cardinals are dealing with injuries at the running back position. With David Johnson sitting out the past few games, and Chase Edmonds leaving Sunday’s loss to the Saints, running back became an obvious need.
Compensation update: Arizona is trading a 2020 6th-round pick that could become a 5th-round pick to Miami in exchange for RB Kenyan Drake, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 28, 2019
Kenyan Drake Dealt to Arizona
This is a good pickup. As mentioned, running back was a massive need for this team. To go along with that, they only had to give up a conditional pick for Drake that’s a sixth-round pick and could become a fifth-round pick.
When David Johnson is back, the addition of Drake will make for a very nice 1-2 punch. The reason for that is because of Drake’s ability as a receiver.
However, Drake is in a contract year, which could ultimately make this a rental. The Cardinals are also not in a position to contend, so if they lose Drake after the season, it could make this a questionable move.
But for the time being, this is a nice pickup. As mentioned, Drake is a big-time threat as a receiver. He is having his worst season as a runner in terms of yards per carry, but Arizona is a much better team at running the ball than Miami, so he will be running behind a better offensive line. Albeit, not a great offensive line.
At the least, Arizona has given themselves a good running back duo, with a chance to re-sign Drake after the season.
The Dolphins are in a clear rebuild. So while they did only get a late-round pick for a talented running back, it’s not the worst. The reason it’s not a bad deal is that Miami now has nine picks, five in the first two rounds.
Now, Miami is hopeful the pick can jump from a sixth-round pick to a fifth-round pick. The rebuild is in full swing, with a good amount of cap space lined up for this offseason, and with plenty of draft capital.
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