In the wake of Timmons’ suspension, the Dolphins traded for linebacker Stephone Anthony.
Earlier today, the Dolphins announced that starting linebacker Lawrence Timmons would be suspended indefinitely. The suspension weakened the linebacking core. The team went out not long after to find another linebacker. The Dolphins traded a 2018 5th round pick to the Saints for Stephone Anthony.
Anthony is 25 and a former first round pick. In his rookie season he had 112 total tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles and an interception. He led all rookies in tackles and was also named to the Pro Football Writers Association all-rookie team. However, in juries began to derail his career. He was placed on injured reserve after 10 games of the 2016 season and has not played at all this season.
While he won’t play immediately, Anthony adds depth to a linebacking corps that could use another body. There is no telling when he or Rey Maualugua will be ready to go. In Anthony’s case it could be longer. Not only is he injured, but he has to learn the system. Unlike Maualuga, he has no connection to Defensive coordinator Matt Burke.
While it may not have been the best thing to give up a draft pick for an injured player, he has two more years on his contract, plus a 5th year option. If he can come back from injury and play well, this trade could prove to be a smart move for the Dolphins.