Philadelphia Eagles trade for Jay Ajayi

Posted November 02, 2017

By only trading a fourth-round pick in return for Ajayi, the Eagles were able to hold on to all of their top picks, plus with the team already owning three picks in the fourth round for 2018, it's nearly as if they gave up nothing to the Dolphins.

The 24-year-old Ajayi has rushed for 465 yards this season on 138 carries, but has been held out of the end zone.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirmed the deal made ahead of Tuesday's NFL trade deadline, making it the third major move of the period, with Jimmy Garoppolo being traded from New England to San Francisco and offensive lineman Duane Brown being moved to Seattle from Houston.

We're guessing the timing wasn't a coincidence.

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In 2016, Ajayi earned a Pro Bowl berth after finishing fourth in the National Football League with 1,272 rushing yards, marking the third-highest single-season total in Dolphins' history. Not only does it help the team for this season, but it could also help the Eagles in the future as well. He was drafted in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Dolphins.

In addition, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald also claims that Ajayi had not "bought in" to what the Dolphins were trying to accomplish this season, and Jeff Darlington of ESPN suggests that Miami was concerned about Ajayi's knees, claiming they "don't believe he has much left".

The Dolphins have struggled on offense all season long, ranking dead last in both total yards (252.4 yards per game) and scoring (13.1 points per game). The trade for Ajayi could prove crucial for the rest of this season, and by only trading a fourth-round pick, the team isn't mortgaging their future in an attempt to make a Super Bowl run.