The Dolphins took care of one of their lame-duck players on Tuesday when they traded fullback Deon Dyer to the Houston Texans for a 2004 conditional draft pick.

The pick, believed to be a seventh-round choice, actually is a nice bonus for the Dolphins if they get it because Dyer basically had no shot of making the team because of the play this summer of Obafemi Ayanbadejo and Sedrick Irvin.

At this point, it would appear Ayanbadejo is almost certain to win the backup fullback job behind Rob Konrad, but it's safe to say Irvin even was ahead of Dyer before he was traded.

Dyer simply wasn't a good fit for the Dolphins offense, but his blocking ability could come in handy for Houston, which has a shaky offensive line and no marquee running back.

The next order of business for the Dolphins will be dealing with safety Scott McGarrahan, who has asked to be traded or released.

The Dolphins might not want to waive McGarrahan too early because he probably ranks sixth at safety on a Dolphins team likely to keep five at the position.

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