Dolphins Toss and Turner
According to multiple reports, the Dolphins have traded fan favorite Greg Camarillo toÂ the Minnesota Vikings, who wereÂ in desperate need of a wide receiver after losing Pro-Bowler Sidney Rice for the next eight weeks.Â Â A hard-worker and one of the most sure-handed players in the league, Camarillo will always be remembered for his 64-yard game-winning score from the immortal Cleo Lemon in Miami’s lone victoryÂ of theÂ 2007 season.
Ah, good times.Â Â It’ll go down in Dolphins history as the team’s version of the improbable “David Tyree catch”Â in Super Bowl XLII.Â But much like Tyree, who suffered a season-endingÂ knee injury the following and wasn’t resigned by the New York Giants despite his heroics, Camarillo lost much of his speed after tearing his ACL in 2008 and was set to enter the 2010 season as theÂ team’s fourth receiver, at best.Â
In return, Miami will receive defensive back Benny Sapp, who’s started only 17 of 86 career games, recording 140 tackles, 4 interceptions, and six fumble recoveries.Â He’sÂ not likely to significantly help the Dolphins’ secondary, aside from adding a little depth and injury insurance while Will Allen recovers from knee surgery.Â Hell, 37-year-old Warren Sapp would’ve been a more exciting pick up, but alas.
The bigger outcome, is thatÂ Patrick Turner, last year’s third-round pick, will now almost certainly make the final roster.Â Â Turner, whoÂ was active for only twoÂ games and failed to register a catch in 2009, wasn’t a lock to make the team going into training camp.Â Â While his sizeÂ (6’5″, 220 pounds)Â and athleticism make him a tough cover, the former USC standout had trouble grasping the fundamentals and getting off the line of scrimmage.Â Turner certainly didn’t help matters by missing time with a back injury and reportedly notÂ exhibitingÂ a strong work ethic or sense of urgency during training camp.Â He was evenÂ listed behind undrafted rookie Marlon Moore on Miami’s initial depth chart.