Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that Dolphins left guard Justin Smiley is on the verge of being traded. He names the Falcons as one of several teams that are “in the market” for an interior linemen, speculating that they could be one of several possible destinations for Smiley if the Dolphins are successful in trading him.
The Falcons have shown considerable interest in some interior linemen during the draft process, scheduling a number of workouts with some centers. But it remains to be seen if the Falcons are in the market for a veteran linemen. Smiley signed with the Dolphins in 2008, but has been plagued by injuries since joining the team as well as going back to his days in San Francisco. Smiley hasn’t played a complete 16-game season since 2006.
According to league sources cited by Salguero, the Dolphins are likely to seek a third round pick in exchange for the 28-year old starter who hails from Ellabell, GA, not far from Savannah. If the team cannot trade him, then they could cut him, which likely hurts their leverage in trade talks.