Surtain dealt to KC

The Dolphins had insisted for months that they would be perfectly content hanging on to cornerback Patrick Surtain instead of trading him unless their asking price was met. Well, on Friday, the price was right.

Miami sent Surtain, a three-time Pro Bowl player, to Kansas City for the Chiefs' second-round draft pick (46th overall) this weekend. In addition, the teams swapped fifth-round selections.

Defense has been Kansas City's Achilles heel for years now, and Surtain will go a long way towards strengthening that unit. Surtain, a seven-year veteran out of Southern Miss, has been one of the top corners in the NFL over the last several years and has 29 interceptions and 86 passes defensed in his career.

Since taking the head coaching job with the Dolphins, Nick Saban has been openly annoyed at the team's lack of a second-round pick. Trading Surtain was one of the team's best options to re-enter the second round, but up until now, the Chiefs had balked at Miami's asking price. Originally, KC was willing to part ways with the team's fourth-round pick, but not its second.

The Phillip Buchanon trade to Houston earlier in the week most likely helped push the Surtain trade foward. Houston sent its second- and third-round selections to Oakland for Buchanon.

After the trade with KC, the Dolphins now have one draft pick in each round except the sixth.


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