The Miami Dolphins added a monster trade before Tuesday’s deadline, acquiring outside linebacker Bradley Chubb from the Denver Broncos in exchange for a 2023 first-round pick, running back Chase Edmonds and a 2024 fourth-round pick.
It’s the latest in a series of spectacular moves Miami has made over the past eight months, including hiring head coach and offensive guru Mike McDaniel, signing franchise left tackle Terron Armstead and trading wide receiver Tyreek Hill .
And while Miami’s offense has looked explosive this season, the other side of the ball has stuttered, ranking 23rd in yards per game and 27th in defensive EPA. Pro Bowl edge rusher Chubb should help change that significantly.
ESPN Dolphins reporter Marcel Louis-Jacques, Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold, NFL analyst Matt Bowen and NFL draft analyst Jordan Reid answer the biggest questions surrounding trading.
Why did the Dolphins make the deal?
Chubb fits as a boon on a pass rush that blitzes at the fifth highest rate in the league but has the sixth lowest sack percentage. The Dolphins are 21st in sacks and 27th in pressure with 15 and 69, respectively.
Chubb, a former first-round pick from North Carolina State, has 26 career sacks in five NFL seasons, including 5.5 in 2022. He and new teammate Jaelan Phillips rank 12th and 9th in terms of pressure created.
Ideally, Chubb will allow Miami to build pressure without blitzing, something it has struggled with this season. After injuries to several starters in the secondary at the end of the season, it’s a direct commitment to shift the defensive focus to the front seven – at least for this season. If he’s fully healthy, this could be one of the best defenses in the NFL. – Louis-Jacques
What does this mean for the future of Russell Wilson and Denver?
Denver gave the Seattle Seahawks two first-round picks, two second-round picks, a fourth-round pick and three players in exchange for Wilson in March, putting them back in the first round of next year’s draft.
Chubb was in the final year of his rookie deal and his asking price would likely be more than the Broncos were willing to pay. That means defensive end Randy Gregory, who signed a five-year, $70 million free agency deal earlier this year, and Baron Browning, who joined OLB in the offseason, must be the players in every way who the Broncos believe they can be.
Both are on the injured reserve list at the moment, but the two will join rookie Nik Bonitto in determining if the trade made sense for the Broncos. – Legwold
What does Denver need in the draft now that it’s back in Round 1?
The Broncos are back in Round 1, and ESPN’s Football Power Index is currently predicting the No. 25 traded pick. Denver needs help on the offensive front — it has conceded 24 sacks, the sixth-highest in the NFL — and Georgia’s Broderick Jones and Jaelyn Duncan from Maryland are two candidates the team could target in this area. Wide receiver could also be a position to look at. – Reid
How much does that narrow the race for AFC East?
This move doesn’t automatically make the Dolphins the AFC East favorite, but it does leave them better equipped to take on quarterbacks like Josh Allen and possibly Patrick Mahomes.
This is still the Buffalo Bills’ division to lose, but with Miami’s next three games going against teams with losing records (Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans), the Dolphins could be comfortably above .500 before a grueling December List (at San Francisco 49ers, at Los Angeles Chargers, at Bills, vs. Green Bay Packers). Miami won their first clash with Buffalo this season but has yet to overtake New York after losing to the Jets in Week 5.
Now that Tua Tagovailoa is back to health and back in the lineup, the Dolphins could even make the NFL major league if their defense gets the boost Chubb expected. – Louis-Jacques
How does Chubb fit into Miami’s scheme?
The addition of Chubb, a pass rusher with high-level traits, will allow the Dolphins to play more cover and lean heavily on their defensive line. This season, Miami has recorded a 34.1% blitz ratio, which is the fifth-highest in the league. But pairing Chubb with Jaelan Phillips means the Dolphins can bet on their edge rushers in passing situations and disrupt pockets more from their base fronts. Miami currently puts pressure on just 18.8% of opposing dropbacks when sending four or fewer pass rushers (29th), so Chubb’s presence off the edge will open up playcalling on defense and reduce the need to rush as often flash. – Bowen
Does Giving Up Draft Picks Mean the Dolphins Are All-In?
It certainly seems so. General Manager Chris Grier made it a point to keep the team’s two first-round picks in 2023 while he discussed trades with other teams during the offseason, but the Dolphins are now for the second straight year without a first-round player. It’s important to remember that in 2023 they still own one second-round pick and two third-round picks, so they haven’t fully mortgaged their future.
But trading for Chubb is an aggressive move that means this front office recognizes a potential Super Bowl window — and wants to attack it wholeheartedly. – Louis-Jacques
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