Written by: Chad Hahn
The Miami Dolphins announced on Sunday that running back Kenyan Drake would not travel with the team to Pittsburgh. Hinting that he has played his last down in a Dolphins uniform.
On Monday morning, which is one day before the trade deadline Drake was traded from the Miami Dolphins to the Arizona Cardinals for a 2020 conditional draft pick which originally will be a sixth-round draft pick which can turn into a fifth-round pick by hitting special incentives such as playing time.
The Dolphins have had Drake on the trading block for most of the season and stood strong on their stance as they accepted the Card’s offer after their starting running back David Johnson and backup running back Chase Edmonds sustained injuries.
Miami, winless through six games, has already traded several starters during the 2019 season. On Aug. 31, the Dolphins traded left tackle Laremy Tunsil and receiver Kenny Stills to the Houston Texans in exchange for a 2020 first-round pick, a 2021 first-round pick and a 2021 second-round pick. On Sept. 16, Miami traded free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a 2020 first-round pick.
Miami drafted Drake as a third-round pick in the 2016 draft. Drake, who has rushed for 1,532 yards and nine touchdowns (while averaging 4.6 yards per carry) during his time with the Dolphins. He also has 116 receptions for 936 yards and six touchdowns that included his game-winning score against the New England Patriots in 2018 that has been dubbed "The Miracle in Miami."
Drake simply hasn’t been given the opportunities many believed he deserved since being drafted. The former Alabama RB possesses a rare blend of pass-catching ability, in addition to being able to run between the tackles. He’s an explosive player and in the right situation, could be a hot commodity in free agency next season.
Drake will be available when the Cardinals take on the undefeated San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night and will apparently have an opportunity to produce instantly in that Kliff Kingsbury offense with both David Johnson nursing an ankle injury and Chase Edmonds nursing a hamstring injury he suffered Sunday versus the New Orleans Saints.
Receiving yet another pick to add to the team’s war chest of draft compensation here’s a running list of 2020 draft picks with projected compensatory picks:
2020 DRAFT PICKS