At this point, can the Jaguars and Dolphins please just make up their minds about what they want to do? After initial reports of a trade between the two teams centered around Branden Albert and Julius Thomas, a new report emerged earlier that the Jags would be receiving Albert, but for a late round draft pick, not for Thomas. That all still appears to be true, but according to Ian Rapoport, Thomas is headed to South Beach after all, albeit in a separate deal.
Source: Julius Thomas is getting traded to the #Dolphins.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 20, 2017
Armando Salguero, who initially reported the Albert deal earlier in the day, quickly provided reported compensation for the Julius Thomas trade.
The Dolphins are acquiring TE Julius Thomas for a late-round 2017 draft pick.— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) February 20, 2017
So, as it appears right now, here’s how these trades break down overall. The Dolphins are receiving Julius Thomas and a late round 2018 draft pick. The Jaguars are receiving Branden Albert and a late round 2017 draft pick. The reporting of these moves separately is bit puzzling, but it seems as though the two teams may have been having issues coming to an agreement on the proper compensation. Regardless, both teams receive a player and a late round draft pick.
For the Dolphins, they receive a tight end who had his best years in Denver under current Miami head coach Adam Gase. It seems as though the Dolphins believe that re-uniting Thomas with Gase can help turn Thomas’ career back around, and provide Miami with the tight end that they need. For the Jaguars, it gives them a tackle who, when healthy, is probably better than anyone they had on the roster.
All in all, it seems like a trade that seems like a big deal now, but will probably be just okay for the two teams in the long run. We will update the story as we have more information, but for now, how do you feel about the trades that have been announced?