Trade Talk

If you believed what several Internet reports were suggesting Sunday night, the biggest story of the draft would have been the trade of Jason Taylor to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but by the end of the day the Dolphins had consummated only one trade and it had nothing to do with the Pro Bowl defensive end. GM Jeff Ireland talked about Taylor and the one deal that was done.

The reports of a Taylor trade began surfacing close to the time Tampa Bay was set to pick at N. 52 in the second round. The reports suggested that in exchange for Taylor the Dolphins would get a second-, fourth- and sixth-round pick, with the sixth and possibly the fourth as well coming in 2009.

Tampa Bay indeed traded the 52nd pick, but the Bucs sent it to Jacksonville, which selected Auburn defensive end Quentin Groves, a player the Dolphins were said to be coveting.

The Dolphins then went ahead and made their pick at No. 57, the one acquired from San Diego in the Chris Chambers trade last October, and took Chad Henne.

"We didn't get any calls (regarding Taylor)," Ireland said after the end of the second round. "I was aware of it after the fact. Obviously, it's strictly a rumor."

What wasn't a rumor was the trade of Lorenzo Booker to the Eagles for a fourth-round pick, the 115th overall.

Ireland said the decision to deal Booker was pretty simple.

"I don't think he really fit our system," Ireland said. "He's a great kid and a playmaker, but at the end of the day he really didn't fit the system we're putting into place."

The issue with Booker is the fact he was the third running back behind Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams and he doesn't play special teams.


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