On Friday as NFL teams were clamoring to make their final roster decisions in order to reach the league imposed 53-man minimum, the Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins were reportedly in discussions regarding a trade. Several South Florida news outlets were reporting that the Redskins were interested in Dolphins RB Steve Slaton and Miami was interested in Washington WR Anthony Armstrong. The trade never went off but it doesn’t seem to matter now. Both players have been released by their respective teams.
The Dolphins were eying Armstrong and his explosive speed. He has been a very productive special teams player and appeared to be a special player after a very impressive rookie season in 2010. Armstrong joined the Redskins in 2010, amid all the turmoil at the quarterback position and still managed to post 44 receptions for 871 yards and an impressive 19.8 yards per catch average in his rookie season.
The Washington Redskins had every intention of releasing RB Tim Hightower and did so on Friday. The roster is currently stacked with Roy Helu, Evan Royster and rookie Alfred Morris. The Redskins were interested in Slaton and now they could acquire him.
Slaton had a very impressive rookie season with the Houston Texans in 2008 after rushing for over 1,200 yards and nine scores. He was plagued with injuries in subsequent seasons and joined the Dolphins last season. What Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan is looking at, is if Slaton is healthy, he could be productive in his one-gap scheme. Texans head coach Gary Kubiack, who worked under Shanahan employs the same system and has been cranking out the very same productive running game that Shanahan used to have when he was with the Denver Broncos.
So, as the two teams were in talks yesterday about executing a trade for the two players, the mother of all ironies played out. The Dolphins acquire WR Anthony Armstrong off waivers and the Miami Dolphins release Slaton in order to make room for him. Armstrong now returns to the Miami Dolphins, a team which released him in 2009 after battling a hamstring injury.