Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel tweeted some interesting NFL trade rumors on Friday evening. According to Kelly, the Miami Dolphins are interested in acquiring a member of the Philadelphia Eagles secondary.
"Word on the street is Miami has talked to a number of teams about a number of players. They like a Eagles CB or S. I just don't know who."
The first player that comes to mind is Brandon Boykin. Despite Chip Kelly's insistence that Boykin will get to compete for a starting cornerback job, the Eagles have been reluctant to play him on the outside to this point of his career. Meanwhile, the Dolphins don't have a problem with shorter corners. Miami's 2014 starters, Brent Grimes and Cortland Finnegan, are both 5-10.
When asked if Boykin is the player, Kelly responded: "Only in my dreams. I loved him in the draft process."
If it's not Boykin, it's not clear who it would be. The Eagles don't exactly, uh, have a surplus of talent in the secondary. It's not Malcolm Jenkins. It's not Byron Maxwell. The Dolphins could have just kept Nolan Carroll instead of letting him walk last year. It's not Walter Thurmond because Miami could have just signed him in free agency.
Is it Jaylen Watkins? He went to Florida and didn't get on the field much with the Eagles as a rookie, but he could potentially be one of Philly's best safety options right now. Perhaps Miami likes Earl Wolff but it doesn't seem likely. He's still recovering from injury. Boykin's name makes the most sense, especially if he's not in the Eagles' long-term plans anyway. Boykin is currently scheduled to play out the last year of his rookie deal in 2015.
It's unclear what the Dolphins would offer Philadelphia in return. Miami only owns six picks in the 2015 NFL Draft. They don't have a third round pick or a seventh round pick but they do have two fifth rounders. It's hard to see the Dolphins eager to give up even more picks.
Could the Eagles be targeting Dion Jordan? Philadelphia has reportedly coveted the former Oregon linebacker in the past, but Omar Kelly downplayed the idea that the Eagles are in on Jordan: "And trust me, if the Eagles wanted Dion Jordan he'd have been traded already."
It hardly seems like anything is imminent here, but it could be something to keep an eye on moving forward. Or maybe it's all just smoke. Either way, stay tuned.