[QUOTE]A 1-15 record earned the Dolphins the No. 1 pick in this year's NFL Draft, but new general manager Jeff Ireland might be looking for other rewards.
"We're open for business," Ireland told NFL Network on Wednesday, regarding the team's intentions to listen to trade offers for the top choice.
With just one win in 2007, Miami may be more than one player away from fixed, a concern that Ireland has taken into consideration.
"Rome wasn't built in a day, and this won't be built in a day either," Ireland said, according to the Sun Sentinel, which printed excerpts from the interview. "The No. 1 pick is no different from the 22nd pick. You've got to make the right selection. You just can't miss on it.
"We're going to do everything in our power to make the right choices, whether it be to take the pick or move down. We'll listen to all offers."
Trading the pick, though, may not be as easy as it sounds.
Only a handful of players — such as LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey and Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan — are deemed by most draft experts to be worthy of the top overall pick.
Also, the financial obligation that goes with the top choice is steep. JaMarcus Russell, the top pick in 2007's draft, battled over contract details with the Raiders a year ago before reaching a six-year, $60 million agreement.
yeah that interview was very good. the context -- not mentioned explicitly in the article -- of the rationale to trade away was Ireland's admission that the Fins have an abundance of holes and that the team will undergo a significant make-over. They then need an abundance of replacement parts via an abundance of draft picks. Quantity over Quality -- to whatever degree would be effected by a particular trade -- seemed to be the direction Ireland was in fact pointing in.