The Miami Dolphins wanted some defensive assist if they’re going to make a playoff push, they usually received numerous it on Tuesday by buying linebacker Bradley Chubb from the Denver Broncos.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter has the small print. Schefter additionally experiences that the Dolphins are working on a brand new long-term contract extension for Chubb.
The primary-round choose going from Miami to Denver initially belonged to the San Francisco 49ers. Miami acquired that choose when the 49ers traded as much as get Trey Lance within the 2021 NFL Draft.
Let’s break down what this implies for each groups.
For Miami, it’s a completely huge addition to a protection that has been one of many worst within the league throughout the board this season. As of Tuesday the Dolphins sit twenty third within the league when it comes to yards towards per recreation and solely twenty second in factors towards. They had been additionally in determined want of any individual who will help make splash performs on protection given they’re additionally close to the underside of the league in takeaways (twenty eighth) and sacks (twenty third).
The 26-year-old Chubb already has 5.5 sacks and two compelled fumbles this season. He would lead the Dolphins in each classes. They’ve solely compelled 5 fumbles as a crew (no one has multiple) whereas solely Jaelan Phillips (three) has recorded greater than two sacks.
The Dolphins at present maintain one of many wild-card spots within the AFC playoff race with a reasonably good cushion however undoubtedly wanted a defensive improve to carry on to it.
Miami has one of many league’s most explosive offenses and now provides a big-time playmaker to its protection. The Dolphins additionally proceed to profit from the aforementioned commerce with San Francisco for the No. 3 total choose final 12 months. The Dolphins used one other choose obtained in that commerce (the No. 29 total choose in 2022) to accumulate vast receiver Tyreek Hill earlier than this season.
As for the Broncos, it’s just about an indication that the 2022 season has been a whole failure.
They began the 12 months with the playoffs being the objective after buying Russell Wilson from Seattle however are simply 3-5, have one of many league’s worst offenses and are on the surface of the AFC playoff image. Now they’re buying and selling considered one of their finest defensive gamers for future picks. Nothing has gone as anticipated.
The Chubb commerce does at the very least give them again a first-round choose for the 2023 draft after sending their very own choose (alongside 4 different draft picks and three gamers) to Seattle as a part of the Wilson commerce.