While the rest of the world slept, Mike Tannenbaum and Chris Grier were on the phones discussing moves that would improve the Miami defense. Thursday passed, and shortly after midnight, the announcement was made that the Dolphins had traded for Rams defensive end William Hayes.
To acquire the 31-year old run-stopper, the Dolphins gave up a sixth round draft pick, and they also gained a seventh rounder from the Rams to supplement the deal. The exchange of picks drops them from the 208th overall pick to the 223rd overall pick, a drop of 18 spots.
When Hayes found out about the trade, he took to his Instagram account and his somewhat eccentric personality came out in his farewell to the Rams, stating he'd been traded for a stapler and a coffee mug.
You can watch his farewell here. (Language Warning)
Hayes made news when he revealed during HBO's training camp show "Hard Knocks" that he believed dinosaurs were a myth and that mermaids were real.
Hopefully, coming to Miami won't give him reason to start searching the Atlantic Ocean for his elusive mermaids.
How this benefits the Rams - besides the obvious acquisition of a higher draft pick - is it takes the soon to be 32-year old's $2 million dollar roster bonus off their hands before Saturday when that money would have been guaranteed, and it frees up cap space for them to make more moves.
In reality, the Dolphins have taken on a 1-year, $5.5 million dollar contract with an option for a second year at $5 million. None of the money on the second year of the contract is guaranteed, which means Miami could move on from the veteran with no negative repercussions to their salary cap should they deem it fit to do so.
Hayes is a nine-year veteran and a former fourth round pick of the Tennessee Titans - whom he apparently holds a grudge towards based on his farewell to the Rams video, and he has accumulated 314 tackles and 34.5 sacks over the course of his career.
His main role will be in setting the edge and stopping the run as a defensive end, and with him now on the roster, the defense end slot looks much more flexible with Cameron Wake, the re-signed Andre Branch, Hayes, and Marist standout Terrence Fede.
If the Dolphins feel they can possibly get something out of Dion Jordan - assuming they don't cut him before camp, that would give Miami flexibility in the draft and allow them to address other needs or simply pick a player that is extremely talented and will bolster an already strong position.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @LuisDSung
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