The Dolphins Need to Trade for Desmond King
By Max Staley
A year ago at this time, the Miami Dolphins looked poised to be the worst team in football. But after Brian Flores led the team to a 5-11 record, including a 3-2 finish down the stretch, the team is beginning to build a competitive identity.
And that identity starts with what is quickly becoming a dominant pass defense. Byron Jones and Xavien Howard form what is arguably the best cornerback duo in the league, but the team could stand to upgrade at slot cornerback.
With the signing of Chris Harris Jr., Los Angeles Chargers' CB Desmond King becomes expendable, and trading for him could help take this Miami secondary over the top.
King is entering the last season of his contract, and both he and Harris do their best work out of the slot. That could mean he's soon to be on the trade block, and he shouldn't cost too much to acquire.
He'd be an excellent addition to Miami's secondary, thanks to some incredible versatility. Last season, King received some stellar marks in some non-traditional areas for a corner. He posted a 85.9 grade as a pass-rusher, a 79.8 grade as a run defender and was also solid in coverage, with a 67.8 grade, according to Pro Football Focus.
All told, he had a 69.4 overall grade (top 50 among CBs), but he's just a year removed from a 90.5 grade in 2018, which was good for the second-best mark among all cornerbacks.
King is one of the most versatile corners in football, and he'd truly be unleashed if he were able to man the slot in Brian Flores' defense. If Miami manages to add King, it would arguably have the NFL's most dominant secondary.
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