Satele Sent Packing

In the final analysis, it amounted to a swap of starting centers for the Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders. A couple of weeks after signing free agent Jake Grove away from the Raiders, the Dolphins shipped Samson Satele to Oakland in exchange for the ever-popular undisclosed draft pick, according to multiple reports.

Given the fact Satele had fallen out of favor with Dolphins coaches because he wasn't physical enough, one would expect the draft pick to be in the later rounds.

The pick again gives the Dolphins nine picks in the upcoming draft -- the number had fallen to eight after last week's trade for Jacksonville DT Tony McDaniel.

Satele started every game for the Dolphins the last two seasons after being a second-round pick in the 2007 draft. He became only the fourth NFL rookie in the last 10 seasons to start every game at center and earned several all-rookie honors.

But Satele always got by more on technique and quickness than on strength and power, and his play slipped in his second season. The Dolphins even moved him to guard for several snaps for a late-season game against San Francisco.

After the season, it became a poorly kept secret the Dolphins wanted a more physical presence at center, and that was confirmed with the signing of Grove.

The trade of Satele means the Dolphins no longer have anything to show for the Wes Welker trade. In addition to the second-round pick used to select Satele, the Dolphins also got a seventh-rounder that was used on the long-departed Abraham Wright.


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