- Multiple Miami Dolphins players have reportedly requested a trade after the team’s dismal 59-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
- The players are said to be hoping to leave the Dolphins as the franchise looks more and more committed to tanking through 2019 in an effort to rebuild through the 2020 NFL draft.
- Head coach Brian Flores has denied that the team is hoping to tank, but much of the decision is out of his hands.
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All does not appear well in the Miami Dolphins locker room.
After the team was dismantled at home by the Baltimore Ravens in a 59-10 rout on Sunday, multiple players have reportedly requested to be traded amid the franchise’s apparent attempt to tank this season and plan for the future.
The news comes from ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio, who explained the situation during NBC’s “Football Night in America.”
The players don't want to be part of a tanking team. pic.twitter.com/ypl7TDiIX0
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 8, 2019
While head coach Brian Flores has denied the team intends to tank, the situation isn’t entirely in his control. With the franchise in between quarterbacks, playing both the journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick and the recently acquired second-year starter Josh Rosen, the Dolphins clearly wouldn’t mind landing the first overall pick in the 2020 draft and the right to draft Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa.
All it’d take to ensure they get that top pick would be to finish the year as the worst team in football.
The Miami front office’s intentions became rather clear after the team traded away left tackle Laremy Tunsil and wide receiver Kenny Stills to the Houston Texans in exchange for a boatload of picks in the next two drafts – a move that was said to have threatened to spark a “revolt” from the Dolphins’ players.
After Sunday’s lacklustre effort on the field, it looks as if such a revolt may have taken hold, and it’s unclear how the Dolphins will proceed – the team could most likely continue trading away players to acquire more picks for the future, but Miami does still have to field a football team every week.
As the Dolphins attempt to mitigate the fallout of their devastating loss to the Ravens, things won’t get easier anytime soon, as New England comes to town next Sunday, a visit likely to include the debut of the newly acquired wide receiver Antonio Brown in his first game as a Patriot.
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