Announced Tuesday, the Miami Dolphins have traded pro bowl running back Jay Ajayi to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick. This deal got done right before the NFL’s trade deadline which is 4pm EST Tuesday.
The trade comes days after the Dolphins lost 40-0 to the Baltimore Ravens. Miami coach Adam Gase said after the game that the Dolphins have “the worst offense in football”. Miami ranks dead last in the NFL with 252.4 yards per game.
Jay Ajayi has carried the ball 138 times this season for 465 yards (3.4 per carry) during the first seven games for the Dolphins. Ajayi was a “boom or bust” player in the Miami offense. He has rushed for more than 120 yards in two games this season but was held under 55 yards in the other games. Ajayi is coming off a big 2016 where he ran for more than 1,200 yards and had eight touchdowns. Overall, Ajayi has rushed for 1,924 yards and nine touchdowns in 31 games for Miami since being selected in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL draft out of Boise State.
The Eagles had been aggressively working to make a big deal before the trade deadline to get the Eagles an extra impact player in preparation for a Super Bowl run. Running back was one of their targeted positions ever since the loss of Darren Sproles to injury earlier in the season. Philadelphia owned three fourth-round picks and they sent one away for a pro bowl running back. The Eagles have the best record in the NFL right now at 7-1 and have added another workhorse out of their backfield to get them to the next level. Another area the Eagles might look into before the deadline is left tackle after the injury to Jason Peters. Also, there are rumors that former pro bowler Calvin Johnson would consider coming out of retirement and would require the Eagles to trade for him with the Lions since Detroit still has his contract.
Now for Ajayi, he will share the workload with LeGarrette Blount, rookie Corey Clement, and the pass-catcher Wendell Smallwood. The Eagles offensive line is much better than Miami’s, so we should see his efficiency rise despite less carries. This combined with Carson Wentz’s MVP caliber season with an incredible receiving core, this addition will help the Eagles win more games and try to lock up home field advantage for the playoffs and make a run for the Super Bowl.