Joe Philbin's demise with the Miami Dolphins wasn't anything new. The franchise's recent history, dating back to when they decided to pass on signing Drew Brees in 2006, was a turning point considering how Brees has done in New Orleans. The Dolphins elected to go with Daunte Culpepper instead. Since then, the Dolphins have made a handful of other poor decisions, and here are 10 of the worst.
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Not signing QB Drew Brees
The worst move by the Dolphins in recent years was the decision to pass on signing Drew Brees. The future Hall of Famer was a free agent after the 2005 season and the Dolphins had a hole at quarterback. The match seemed to be ideal, but the Dolphins decided to bring in Daunte Culpepper instead, citing Brees' shoulder injury as the main concern. His shoulder ended up being fine. The rest is history as Culpepper played just four games in Miami while Brees went on to win a Super Bowl in New Orleans in 2009.
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Trading CB Vontae Davis to the Colts in 2013
While he was in Miami, Vontae Davis was a solid cornerback. He wasn’t elite like Darrelle Revis, but Davis was shipped out of Miami and traded to the Colts for a second-round pick and conditional sixth-round pick in 2013. The Dolphins didn’t receive the sixth-round pick and selected cornerback Jamar Taylor with the second rounder. Davis is now a Pro Bowl cornerback while Taylor has made little impact in Miami.
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Trading WR Wes Welker to the Patriots in 2007
Wes Welker was in Miami from 2004 to 2006 before being traded to the New England Patriots for second- and seventh-round picks in 2007. Until he joined the Patriots, Welker had started just three games in his career. He ended up starting 78 games in New England. He topped 100 catches in five of his six seasons with the Patriots, cementing his legacy as one of the best slot receivers in NFL history. The Dolphins used the second-round pick from the Patriots to select center Samson Satele, who only played in Miami for two seasons.
Signing WR Mike Wallace to five-year, $60 million deal
During the 2013 offseason, the Dolphins signed Mike Wallace to a five-year, $60 million deal. Wallace spent just two seasons with the Dolphins and was traded to the Minnesota Vikings for a fifth-round pick. He was a dynamic playmaker with the Steelers before coming to Miami, but he was never a fit in the Dolphins’ offense. He was a threat to go deep on every play, but his lack of ability to be a true No. 1 receiver led to his departure. Needless to say, it wasn’t money well-spent.
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Drafting QB Pat White in second-round of 2009 draft
He was a true dual-threat signal caller, but his size and arm were question marks for his NFL future. The Dolphins ignored those concerns and shocked the world by drafting White in the second round of the 2009 draft. White threw just five passes, completeing none, in his lone season with the Dolphins.
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Hiring Cam Cameron as head coach
The 2007 season was surely one to forget for the Dolphins. They went 1-15 after starting the season with 13 straight losses under Cameron, who was fired after just one season.
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Trading up to draft DE Dion Jordan No. 3 overall
In 2013, the Dolphins traded up to the No. 3 pick to select Oregon pass rusher Dion Jordan. Unfortunately, Jordan hasn’t become that dominant pass rusher the Dolphins had hoped for, recording just three career sacks. To make matters worse, Jordan was suspended for the entire 2015 season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.
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Signing LB Dannell Ellerbe to a five-year, $35 million contract
One of the worst contracts that the Dolphins have handed out in recent years was the one given to linebacker Dannell Ellerbe. After proving to be a solid linebacker for the Ravens, Ellerbe signed a five-year, $35 million deal with the Dolphins before the 2013 season. While Ellerbe set a career high in tackles with 101 in 2013, he missed 15 games in 2014 before he was traded to the Saints in March.
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Drafting WR Ted Ginn Jr.
When Ted Ginn Jr. entered the league in 2007 as the No. 9 overall pick, he was expected to be a game-changing return man as well as a solid slot receiver. Now in his ninth year in the league, Ginn never lived up to the hype as a top-10 pick out of Ohio State. In three years with the Dolphins, Ginn’s high-water mark for yards was 790 in 2008.
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Drafting QB Chad Henne in 2008
The quarterback was taken No. 57 overall in 2008 and was the starter in Miami for just two seasons. During his four years with the Dolphins, Henne threw 31 touchdown and 37 interceptions and never panned out as the team’s franchise quarterback.