The Miami Dolphins didn’t waste a lot time finding a likely replacement for Lawrence Timmons, the veteran linebacker who was suspended indefinitely on Monday.
Just hours after announcing their move regarding Timmons, the Dolphins sent a 2018 draft pick to the New Orleans Saints for linebacker Stephone Anthony.
Adam Schefter of ESPN says it’s a fifth rounder coming the Saints way:
Compensation update: Miami is sending a 5th-round pick in 2018 to New Orleans in exchange for LB Stephone Anthony, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 20, 2017
Anthony was a first-round pick (No. 31 overall) of the Saints in 2015 and he earned a spot on the Pro Football Writers Association All-Rookie team that year but he has struggled ever since.
He started only three games and played only 133 snaps before his season was cut short by a knee injury in December last year and was on the roster bubble heading into the start of the regular season this year.
The decision to suspend Timmons indefinitely means the Dolphins do not have to make a roster move to fit Anthony onto their roster, which was running short of linebackers long before the Timmons matter became an issue.
The Dolphins lost rookie Raekwon McMillan to a torn ACL during the preseason and odd disappearance of Timmons on Saturday forced them to open the season with special teams ace Mike Hull and undrafted rookie free agent Chase Allen working alongside Kiko Alonso on the second level.
Anthony showed an ability to move laterally and make plays in the run game and cover tight ends in the passing game in college but his struggles in the NFL have left some wondering if he wasn’t simply benefitting from playing alongside Vic Beasley.
The Saints had an abundance of linebacker and were dealing from a position of strength when they made the trade, so this may be a situation where the Dolphins are simply hoping a change of scenery will spark something new in Anthony.