The San Francisco 49ers will purchase NFL choice # Three from Miami Dolphins in 2021, who will then commerce # 12 for Philadelphia Eagles
The Miami Dolphins changed the draft NFL contract for 2021 and sent the No. 3 to the San Francisco 49ers for the No. 12 selection, which the Dolphins then traded to the Philadelphia Eagles.
As a result, the Dolphins ended the trains on Friday with the number 6 in this year’s draft and several future picks for the first lap as part of their route. Miami also has number 18 in this year’s draft.
The Dolphins sent shock waves across the NFL landscape for the first time by taking the No. 3 selection to the 49ers in exchange for the No. 12 selection that year, one selection in the first and third rounds in 2022 and one Selection in the first round in 2023, swapped.
Miami resumed trading only a short time later, sending the No. 12, No. 123 and their selection for the first round in 2022 to the Eagles in exchange for the No. 6 and No. 156 announced in this year’s draft.
These blockbuster moves confirm the Dolphins’ persistence this off-season as they build themselves around quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in 2021, while increasing their flexibility and ability to add elite talent over the draft in the years to come.
The move also puts the 49ers right into the mix to draft a top quarterback, but sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that San Francisco is sticking to Jimmy Garoppolo and has no plans to trade him.
“Jimmy’s here to stay,” a 49er source told Schefter. “He’s our guy this year.”
The 49ers had been trying to get into the top 5 for a few weeks, sources told Schefter. They discussed the No. 3-5 picks with the Dolphins, Falcons, and Bengals – and eventually settled on No. 3 because they were happy with the options that will be available after the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets picks.
|TO MIAMI||2021||No. 6, No. 156||Eagle|
|2022||First round, third round||49ers|
|TO 49ERS||2021||No. 3||Dolphins|
|To eagles||2021||No. 12||Fins over 49ers|
According to ESPN Stats & Information Research, it is the third time the number 3 has traded in the last five drafts. And the last four times a team acted to move up to third was to pick a quarterback.
After a busy freelance agent period that saw the 49ers keep many of their key freelance agents, they had the flexibility to be brave and come up with a long-term solution with Quarterback.
For the Niners, that’s what this move is about after Garoppolo missed 23 of 48 possible season starts due to knee and ankle injuries in the past three seasons. While not expected to trade right now, Friday’s move could stimulate other teams to pursue Garoppolo, who has a no-trade clause on his contract.
Those deals might come, but the 49ers are okay with the idea of starting with Garoppolo as a starter in 2021, with the potential to have Justin Fields of Ohio, Zach Wilson of BYU, Trey Lance of North Dakota, or Mac Jones of Alabama as a backup to design.
That would create a scenario similar to what the Kansas City Chiefs did in 2017, when Alex Smith was the veteran starter before Patrick Mahomes took over the next year. Kansas City gave Smith to the Washington Football team for cornerback Kendall Fuller and a third round pick after the 2017 season.
The 49ers originally acquired Garoppolo from the New England Patriots for a second round selection in October 2017. Since then, the 49ers have started 24-9 in Garoppolo games and 5-23 in Kyle Shanahan’s games without Garoppolo.
The Dolphins, meanwhile, have preferred to add offensive playmakers, and landing the # 6 allows them to likely still have one of the elite playmakers in a class, to the LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase, DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle of Alabama and Kyle of Florida are owned by Pitts.
Miami has a wide reach from Laremy Tunsil’s August 2019 blockbuster deal with the Houston Texans. In that trade, the Dolphins got number 3, which led to the two trades on Friday, a pick for the third round in 2022 and a pick for the first round in 2023. They also got 36th place on this year’s draft as well as picks from last season which cornerback Noah Igbinoghene and guard Solomon Kindley were selected in the first and fourth round, respectively.
Including last year’s draft, the Dolphins are now on track to scoring eight picks for the first round over a four-year period. Miami also has two picks in each of the first three rounds of this year’s draft – the first team to have achieved this since the 49ers of 2000.
The Eagles could now have up to three picks for the first round in next year’s draft next year, depending on how many quarterback Carson Wentz plays for the Indianapolis Colts this season.
Philadelphia received a conditional selection in the second round from the Colts when they traded Wentz for Indianapolis. This becomes a top classic when Wentz plays 75% of the offensive snaps or when he plays 70% of the snaps and Indy makes the playoffs.
The third-round election from the 49ers to the Dolphins in 2022 is a counterbalance to the Jets’ hiring of coach Robert Saleh.
ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe, Nick Wagoner and Tim McManus contributed to this report.