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  • Dolphins trade for Rams' RB Lamar Gordon

    By JASON COLE

    [email protected]


    The Dolphins completed a trade with St. Louis late Tuesday night to acquire running back Lamar Gordon in an attempt to upgrade their sagging running game.

    According to an NFL source, the Dolphins made the move after several days of talks with the Rams and other teams. The Dolphins likely had to pay a steep price of either a third- or fourth-round pick for Gordon, but get a player they have liked for several years.

    The deal is contingent upon Gordon passing a physical today. He left St. Louis early Wednesday morning. Gordon was a third-round pick in 2002 from North Dakota State and the Dolphins were considering him that year before completing a trade for Ricky Williams.

    The 6-foot-1, 228-pound Gordon has played sparingly behind St. Louis star running back Marshall Faulk, rushing 136 times for 526 yards over his two seasons. He fell further on the depth chart with the Rams after the team took running back Steven Jackson in the first round this season, but St. Louis was reluctant to give him up because of fears that Faulk will breakdown physically.

    Gordon, who is expected to take over for the combination of Travis Minor, Sammy Morris and Leonard Henry, has two years remaining on his contract at the league minimum salary.

  • #2
    Re: Dolphins trade for Rams' RB Lamar Gordon

    Grrrr. I liked Lamar Gordon, 'really thought he was on his way to becoming a reliable, yard pounding producer for the Rams.

    It is over now. Best wishes in Miami.

    Arlen Harris: you've got heart. Your time has come. :helmet:

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    • #3
      Re: Dolphins trade for Rams' RB Lamar Gordon

      I liked Lamar as well. But he seemed a little too fragile to maintain a heavy workload.

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      • #4
        Re: Dolphins trade for Rams' RB Lamar Gordon

        Harris baby.

        Reborn

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        • #5
          Re: Dolphins trade for Rams' RB Lamar Gordon

          As hard up as the Dolphins were I feel that Gordon was given up a bit CHEAPLY...ESPECIALLY if we only got a FOURTH round pick for him.
          "You people point your 'f'in' finger and say theres the bad guy....what that make you....good?" Tony Montana

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          • #6
            Re: Dolphins trade for Rams' RB Lamar Gordon

            If we traded a 3rd round pick for a 4th round pick, then we are idiots...At the minimum it should be 3rd..hopefully 2nd...

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            • #7
              Re: Dolphins trade for Rams' RB Lamar Gordon

              Thats what I thought too...the guy has shown he can cut it as a ball carrier in the NFL...IMO he was worth a 2. I know he has had fumble'itis' issues and some health concerns but hes young(moldable) and they ARE desperate.
              "You people point your 'f'in' finger and say theres the bad guy....what that make you....good?" Tony Montana

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              • #8
                Re: Dolphins trade for Rams' RB Lamar Gordon

                The Rams traded Gordon, a third-round pick in 2002 who was third if not fourth on our depth chart with a short resumé marred by injuries, to the Miami Dolphins for their third round pick in 2005. Considering that Dillon was had for a second round pick and only a few years ago Pro Bowl QB Drew Bledsoe was barely worth a first rounder, I don't see how people can say we got ripped off. We were lucky to get a third rounder for Gordon, IMO.

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                • #9
                  Re: Dolphins trade for Rams' RB Lamar Gordon

                  A 3d(if thats what it is) would be palatable for him...but a 4th wouldnt be. I just thought a team in such dire straights for a RB would give a bit more for a young,big RB with alot of up side who has already shown he CAN produce in the NFL when given a chance. He did avg. 4.2 ypc last year...not exactly chump change. He had some trouble with his ankle and as I understand it he played through it while it went un-diagnosed. I think they got a good deal on the kid.
                  "You people point your 'f'in' finger and say theres the bad guy....what that make you....good?" Tony Montana

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                  • #10
                    Re: Dolphins trade for Rams' RB Lamar Gordon

                    It was for a 3rd round pick. Too bad there couldn't be a stipulation that said if he rushed for over a 1,000 yds it would get bumped up to a 2nd.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Dolphins trade for Rams' RB Lamar Gordon

                      Originally posted by sprtsmac
                      It was for a 3rd round pick. Too bad there couldn't be a stipulation that said if he rushed for over a 1,000 yds it would get bumped up to a 2nd.
                      Yeah, a conditional upgrade would have been a plus. But still, a 3rd round pick for a guy third on the depth chart is good.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Dolphins trade for Rams' RB Lamar Gordon

                        Originally posted by NickSeiler
                        Yeah, a conditional upgrade would have been a plus. But still, a 3rd round pick for a guy third on the depth chart is good.
                        I agree. You can tell the Dolphins are getting desperate. Not that Gordon isn't worth a third-rounder, but the Rams had the obvious leverage.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Dolphins trade for Rams' RB Lamar Gordon

                          Well based on the article, it makes it sound as if the Dolphins paid about as much as Gordon was possibly worth. To say a third or fourth round was a steep price probably tells us a good bit about the perception of Gordon's worth. That's why I think for us to get a third round pick out of this and basically rent a RB for two seasons was a pretty good deal.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Dolphins trade for Rams' RB Lamar Gordon

                            Although it would be nice to have Gordon on the roster this year for depth, a third round pick is a better price than I thought we'd get for Gordon. Clearly, his performance against the Raiders, coupled with the Dolphins' dire need for a RB, resulted in a higher price than the Rams thought Gordon could get in the offseason.

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                            • Nick
                              CLAYTON: Ricky who? Miami close to acquiring Gordon
                              by Nick
                              Rams likely to receive third round pick
                              By John Clayton
                              ESPN.com

                              The Miami Dolphins appear to have ended their summer-long search for a replacement for Ricky Williams. They are close to reaching a trade agreement with the St. Louis Rams to acquire halfback Lamar Gordon.

                              The Rams didn't want to trade Gordon, so the cost is likely going to be high. To get Gordon, the Dolphins may have to give up as much as a third-round draft pick, but they have the luxury of having acquired an extra third-round choice from the Bears in the Marty Booker-Adewale Ogunleye trade.

                              But the price of a third-round pick could be cheap in comparison if Gordon can take over the starting halfback job. Gordon is a 6-1, 228-pound back who runs quick to the line of scrimmage and is tough to tackle.

                              He had nine starts in two years filling in for Marshall Faulk. During those games, he's rushed for 526 yards and had a career 3.9 yard rushing average. A former third-round choice out of North Dakota State, Gordon has shown the durability to handle more than 20 carries in a game.

                              With Faulk and Stephen Jackson ahead of him in St. Louis, Gordon wasn't going to be too active in the Rams' running game this year. The Dolphins had targeted Gordon and Anthony Thomas of the Chicago Bears, and were willing to give up a third-round choice for Thomas.

                              In Gordon, the Dolphins believe they get a back with more explosion than Thomas. The potential trade comes after coach Dave Wannstedt named Travis Minor as the starting halfback but also said that Sammy Morris would get some action.

                              For the past few days, the Rams were slow in returning calls to the Dolphins because they wanted to keep Gordon as an insurance policy for the future. The Rams told the Dolphins it would be pricey to acquire him. Unfortunately for the Dolphins, the Rams wouldn't give the Dolphins a price.

                              On Tuesday night, negotiations heated up to the point where the Dolphins were confident a deal could be completed by Wednesday morning. Gordon first would have to meet with coach Mike Martz and the final details of the trade had to be work out.

                              Gordon had ankle surgery early in training camp, but came back in three weeks and had 22 carries for 77 yards against the Raiders in the final preseason game.

                              Once the trade is completed, the Dolphins will feel as though they acquired two offensive starters -- Booker and Smith -- for Ogunleye.


                              John Clayton is a senior writer for ESPN.com.
                              -09-07-2004, 11:46 PM
                            • AvengerRam_old
                              Showcase of Gordon Paid Off
                              by AvengerRam_old
                              I'll admit... I'm surprised.

                              I would not have guessed that the Rams would have been able to acquire a 3rd Round pick for Gordon.

                              Not that Gordon doesn't have potential. He could prove to be a 1,000 yard back for the Dolphins.

                              But with the Rams, he was a third string back with only moderate production in the past and a recent surgery.

                              So how did the Rams get such a high price for him?

                              Obviously, part of the reason is the Dolphins' deperate need for a back after Ricky Williams decided that the grass at Pro Player Stadium does not compare to the kind you buy in Amsterdam.

                              But the Rams also played this one very well.

                              First, Martz publicly chastised himself for suggesting that Gordon was soft after it was revealed that Lamar needed surgery to remove a bone chip. While I believe that was a sincere expression of regret by Martz, he also made sure that other teams heard his confession.

                              Then, in the final preseason game, Gordon was deliberately showcased, as he was given the ball 24 times (22 carries, 2 receptions). He showed productivity and the ability to be a workhorse - and the Dolphins paid a higher than market value price because of this.

                              While the Rams could regret the trade this year if the injury bug hits, in the long run, this should be a good trade for the Rams (and, for Lamar's sake, hopefully for the Dolphins as well).
                              -09-08-2004, 08:41 PM
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                              Lamar Gordon to Miami
                              by Guest
                              posibility ?
                              -07-26-2004, 03:51 AM
                            • RamDez
                              Gordon's output bodes well for Rams' depth
                              by RamDez
                              Gordon's output bodes well for Rams' depth
                              By Jim Thomas
                              Of the Post-Dispatch
                              Friday, Sep. 03 2004

                              The plan Thursday was to put on the uniform, see how he felt in pregame
                              warmups and take it from there. Little did Lamar Gordon know he would end up
                              carrying the football 22 times against Oakland.

                              "No, I didn't expect it, but I was kind of ready for it," Gordon said.
                              "Mentally, I was ready."

                              Ready, because he knew the Rams wanted to emphasize the running game in their
                              preseason finale.

                              "So I was just trying to go for it, and trying to be at my best," Gordon said.

                              Gordon gained 77 yards on those 22 carries, including a two-yard touchdown run
                              in the fourth quarter of the Rams' 28-24 loss to the Raiders.

                              Gordon's career high for rushing attempts is 21, which came last Sept. 28
                              against Arizona - one week after Marshall Faulk suffered a fractured hand in
                              Seattle. Gordon had not carried more than 12 times in any exhibition game.
                              Until Thursday, that is.

                              It was an amazing performance considering Gordon was just 23 days removed from
                              surgery to remove bone chips from his left ankle. The original timetable called
                              for Gordon to be sidelined for a month.

                              "I pushed myself," Gordon said. "The second day after the surgery, I felt that
                              (the pain) was gone. It was still sore from the surgery, but I was in my house
                              doing stuff I shouldn't have been doing. Just walking around. I was supposed to
                              have a crutch. I was like: 'The surgery's a success. I can't wait to get
                              back.'"

                              In case they'd forgotten, Gordon returned just in time to remind the coaching
                              staff and front office that he can be a viable backfield option.

                              Faulk looked sharp on the opening drive against the Raiders, carrying three
                              times and catching two passes, one a 7-yard TD reception.

                              "I liked what I saw from Marshall," coach Mike Martz said. "I was tempted to
                              leave him in a little bit longer, because I knew we were going to try to pound
                              the ball a little bit. But from what I saw, he was going fast."

                              Rookie Steven Jackson logged 72 yards on 12 carries against Oakland to finish
                              the preseason with 323 rushing yards.

                              "I think it just proves to my coaching staff, and the people that were
                              intrigued by Steven Jackson, it lets them know what level I'm capable of
                              playing at," Jackson said.

                              And now comes Gordon, who ran powerfully and decisively Thursday, showing an
                              occasional burst in the process.

                              Martz said he wanted Gordon to get a substantial workload "if he could take it.
                              But the more we played him, I guess, the better he played.

                              ...
                              -09-04-2004, 01:58 AM
                            • WisRamsFan
                              Lamar Gordon...season over???
                              by WisRamsFan
                              Lamar Gordon: Likely Out For Season

                              RotoWire.com Staff - RotoWire.com
                              Monday, September 27, 2004
                              Update: Gordon is likely out for the season after suffering a dislocated left shoulder in Sunday's game, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

                              Recommendation: Gordon will reportedly receive a second medical opinion before undergoing surgery, but this doesn't look good at all. If Travis Minor and Sammy Morris remain out, as they were in Week 3, Leonard Henry would get the start against the Jets on Sunday.
                              -09-27-2004, 04:00 PM
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