Miami will receive a 2020 sixth-round pick that can become a fifth-round pick if conditions are met, sources told ESPN.
Arizona will need Drake’s contributions in a hurry since David Johnson (ankle) and Chase Edmonds (hamstring) are dealing with injuries that will likely hold them out for at least Thursday night’s game against San Francisco.
To fill the open roster spot, the Dolphins activated defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche from the physically unable to perform list. Nkemdiche, who has recovered from his ACL injury, is eligible to play starting Monday night against the Cheap Pittsburgh Steelers Jerseys.
Drake, the Dolphins’ leading rusher, did not travel with the team for it’s Monday night contest against the Steelers in anticipation of a trade. Multiple teams had called the Dolphins about Drake ahead of Tuesday’s Cheap NFL Jerseys trade deadline, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
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The speedy 25-year-old running back adds playmaking and dual-threat ability for a Cardinals team that’s 3-4-1 and hoping to stay in the playoff picture.
For the Dolphins (0-6), the move is about continuing to stockpile 2020 draft picks for what is expected to be an aggressive offseason for general manager Chris Grier.
Miami now has 13 picks in the 2020 draft, including three first-round picks, two second-round picks and two expected compensatory selections. Their own selection, which could be used to select a franchise quarterback, is projected to be first overall.
Dolphins fans will remember Drake most for his playmaking ability, most notably his touchdown in the “Miami Miracle” last December in which he outran a stumbling Rob Gronkowski for the game-winner against the Patriots as time expired. That remains the Dolphins’ most recent victory.
Drake, a 2016 third-round pick, is in his contract year, and there has been no progress on extension talks with the team this year. He was also recently supplanted by Mark Walton as the team’s lead back. It seemed clear that Drake didn’t have a long-term future in Miami, and both sides were prepared to move on.
Walton now should have the keys to the Dolphins’ backfield. The 2018 fourth-round pick is putting together a solid sophomore year after a rough rookie year combined with an offseason of legal issues.
The Dolphins are likely to give 2018 fourth-round pick Kalen Ballage, undrafted rookie back Patrick Laird and rookie seventh-round pick Myles Gaskin bigger reserve roles with Drake gone from the rotation.
Drake has 348 total yards this season (174 rushing, 174 receiving) and also could provide kick-return capabilities for the Cardinals if they want to use him in that way. But his most important immediate role will be manning the backfield while Johnson and Edmonds deal with injuries.
HOUSTON — For the third time in four years, the Cheap Houston Texans Jerseys will have to finish the season without pass rusher J.J. Watt.
Watt is a three-time Defensive Player of the Year and leads the NFL in sacks, pass breakups and forced fumbles since he was drafted in 2011. He’s a future Hall of Famer — likely the first in Texans history — and one of the most popular players in Houston’s locker room.
How Texans defensive end J.J. Watt ranks among defensive linemen since his NFL debut in 2011:
CATEGORY NO. RANK
Sacks 96 1st
Pass breakups 52 1st
Disrupted dropbacks 149 1st
Forced fumbles 23 1st
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After returning from a broken leg, Watt played at a high level in 2018, finishing second in the NFL with 16 sacks. He was making a big impact in 2019 as well. While Watt’s four sacks this season don’t even lead the team — outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus has 5.5 — Watt had a major impact. According to ESPN’s pass-rush win rate powered by NFL Next Gen Stats, Watt created the first pressure on 62 pass rushes. No other player had more than 49. And he did it while being double-teamed on 29.8% of his pass rushes as an edge rusher, which is the second-highest rate in the NFL this season.
It’s a safe bet Watt will come back in great shape from his pectoral injury — as he has from every season-ending injury — but it will be hard for the Texans to count on him staying healthy for a full 16-game season going forward. Watt has played more than eight games once since 2015. Can the Texans keep paying him more than $15 million a year, knowing that even if he comes back healthy, it is hard to depend on him as a building block of this defense?
While nobody is suggesting the Texans would cut Watt, after 2019 he does not have any guaranteed money remaining on the six-year deal he signed in 2014. His cap hits — $15.5 million in 2020 and $17.5 million in 2021 — are the highest on the team, and although the Texans have a lot of salary-cap space, Houston will likely need to spend a lot of money this offseason. The Texans didn’t re-sign Jadeveon Clowney, but quarterback Deshaun Watson and left tackle Laremy Tunsil are in line for huge deals, perhaps as soon as this offseason.
The Texans and Watt could work together to restructure Watt’s contract, extending him a season or two and adding guaranteed money to the deal while also lowering his salary and his cap hit.
While Watt has admitted in the past that he has contemplated retirement after suffering major injuries, he’s given no indication that was the case this time around. Watt is 30 years old, and if he wants to continue to play after his current contract expires in 2021, there will be plenty of suitors — either the Texans or another team.
While Watt will continue to be a leader and an important part of the Texans even when he can’t be on the field, Houston must again figure out how to replace the production of its highest-paid player.
The Dolphins have traded left tackle Laremy Tunsil, receiver Kenny Stills, defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, linebacker Kiko Alonso and Drake over the past two months as part of the team’s extensive rebuild.
On Sunday, the Cardinals were also without running back D.J. Foster, who has missed the past two games with a hamstring injury. He was placed on injured reserve Monday.
Arizona signed running backs Zach Zenner and Alfred Morris on Wednesday to provide backup for Edmonds during practice. Zenner played just one offensive snap before Edmonds’ injury Sunday, according to NFL Next Gen Stats. He finished with 19 offensive snaps. Morris, however, was a healthy scratch.
ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss contributed to this report.