Trade rumors have surrounded Dolphins' running back Kenyan Drake for several weeks now. And although there was no clear end in sight, the emergence of Mark Walton made it a lot more likely. Truth is, Miami would have preferred to keep Drake but with an injury to David Johnson and Chase Edmunds, the time was now for a trade to be made.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Dolphins have traded Drake to the Arizona Cardinals for a conditional 2020 draft pick.
Drake, 25, has had a solid career in Miami. However, it will always be shadowed by the question of what could have been? After all, Drake was never given the opportunity to be Miami's lead back. And whether it be Nick Saban at Alabama or Adam Gase and Brian Flores in Miami, the coaching staff never deemed him worthy of being the lead-back.
So, now he goes to Arizona to help take some of the pressure off of David Johnson and Chase Edmunds, both of whom have been banged up over the last several weeks. He also gets to showcase his skills in Kliff Kingsbury's high-octane offense. Will Drake finally get the opportunities many had hoped he would in Miami? Will the Cardinals re-sign him at the end of the season? All of these questions will be answered soon enough.
With Kenyan Drake in Arizona, it is now time for 22-year old RB Mark Walton to seize the moment. Walton has been a breath of fresh air on a Dolphins' offense that has struggled to manufacture much of anything this season.
The details of the conditional draft pick have emerged.
This article was written by Josh Houtz (@houtz)