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Dolphins’ Brian Flores explains thought process behind Laremy Tunsil trade

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In a move that didn’t surprise but probably disappointed some Miami Dolphins fans, Laremy Tunsil will no longer become a part of the Miami rebuild as he was shipped off to the Houston Texans for a seemingly lucrative package.

The offensive tackle and wide receiver Kenny Stills were traded to Houston in exchange of a 2020 first-round pick, first- and second-round selections in 2021, Julian Davenport, and Johnson Bademosi.

Losing two quality players in offense and defense is definitely going to take a hit in the team’s prospects. It’s been known that the team is dedicated to rebuilding after acquiring a high-risk, high-reward prospect in Josh Rosen and building through the draft, but they could have used a quality tackle in Tunsil.

Head coach Brian Flores defended the team’s logic in making the trade. He explained to The Athletic’s Chris Perkins that the move was the right choice to make:

“Again, you guys saw the compensation,” Flores said. “(Tunsil) was part of that.

“It was one of those things where he’s a very good player. I like him, but at the end of the day, we just felt like this was the best move for us. You’ve got to make tough decisions when you’re sitting in this seat. Chris Grier, Brandon and myself spent a lot of time talking through it and thinking about it. At the end of the day, we felt like this was best.”

Some may find the explanation satisfying while others will think that the rebuild has gone for long enough. However, plenty of fans are excited with the prospect of getting Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa next year.

Regardless of where you stand on the issue, getting three high draft picks is fantastic for a tanking team. The draft picks could be worth the trade if the team makes the right selection.