The Miami Dolphins traded offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil and two-time Walter Payton Man-of-the-Year wide receiver Kenny Stills to the Houston Texans on Saturday. In return, the team will get a first-round pick in 2020 and 2021, as well as a second-round pick in 2021.
Miami also received offensive tackle Julie’n Davenport and cornerback Johnson Bademosi. Tunsil will be under contract with Houston for the next two seasons after the Dolphins exercised his fifth-year option earlier this offseason.
If there was any doubt that Dolphins’ head coach Brian Flores was actually trying to have a successful season measured by wins, there is no doubt now. The team is in rebuild mode. No discussion.
Tunsil was the 13th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and has started all 16 games for Miami in his tenure with the team. Many would argue Miami was fortunate to get him, as he clearly fell in the draft after a video of him in a gas mask surfaced the day of. The Dolphins did not plan to take Tunsil, as multiple reports from the team in 2016 said the team thought he’d be off the board before its pick.
The 25-year-old Tunsil is considered to be one of the best current left tackles in football, and up until the trade, considered to be the only solid offensive lineman for the Dolphins. Now, Tunsil will be able to protect quarterback Deshaun Watson and be an aid in helping the Texans cut down on sacks allowed. Houston allowed 62 sacks last season, and were the most allowed by a playoff team since the 1999 Detroit Lions (ESPN). Although Miami ranked 31st in the NFL with sacks allowed on drop backs in the league in 2018, when Tunsil was on the field, that number was at just 10.1 percent.
Miami’s No. 1 WR and captain from just one season ago, is now in a receiving core that features DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller IV and Keke Coutee. Stills has also been the most notable member of the Dolphins who has done things for the community. He showed-face at many community functions, ranging from school supply drives to hurricane reliefs. Stills also regularly spent Tuesdays in under-resourced communities, often helping women, children, military veterans and with police-community relations (ESPN).
After being traded from the New Orleans Saints in 2015, Stills started 55 games, including two complete 16-game seasons, 164 receptions for 2,566 yards and 24 receiving touchdowns.
Stills and Tunsil will also travel to Houston, along with a 2020 fourth round pick and a 2021 sixth round pick.
Carl Mahler contributed to this article.