Boy, isn't it nice when trades actually benefit both teams equally and provide instant win/win scenarios? It doesn't always feel like it goes down that way as some teams are leveraged into making decisions based on factors like salary cap and peer pressure from the players themselves.
Don't get me wrong, the Dolphins certainly are out-leveraged at this point, heading toward a March 14 deadline financially in the red and about $16 million over the cap thanks to the recent Robert Quinn acquisition
Our @moonmullinNBCS is hearing that the #Bears and Dolphins have discussed a Jarvis Landry-for-Jordan Howard swap, with draft picks included on both sides.— NBC Sports Chicago (@NBCSChicago) March 3, 2018
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The full details of the rumored deal per John Mullin of NBC Sports Chicago is a trade of Landry and a 2018 third-round pick for Jordan Howard and swapping 2018 first round picks (Miami's No. 11 to move up to Chicago's No. 8).
Not only will this trade shake the foundation of the NFL, but going beyond the noise, it will help the Dolphins save some serious money.
Jordan Howard has two more years on his contract at salaries of $630K and $720K. I would rather pay Howard $1.35 million over the next two years than pay Jarvis Landry $30 million over the next two years. If that trade happens, it's a win for the Dolphins.— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) March 3, 2018
For the Bears, they automatically get a weapon on the edges for promising future stud Mitch Trubisky with the team desperately needing help at wide receiver.
Yet, according to Ian Rapoport, this trade is far from the finish line. In fact, the Bears aren't intrigued with letting Howard go.
Worth noting: There is zero desire by the #Bears to trade RB Jordan Howard, sources say. Doesn’t sound like there will be any splashy Jarvis Landry for Howard deal.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 3, 2018
It remains to be seen how new head coach Matt Nagy plans to scheme in Chicago, and he'll have to consider if a No. 1 RB or No. 1 WR will be the best fit to pioneer an offense that is stripped down enough for him to build from the ground up.