Too bad: Isaiah Ford joining practice squad of Miami Dolphins, who still get Pats' pick

Hal Habib
Palm Beach Post
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Receiver Isaiah Ford (left) is headed back to Miami.

At least the Dolphins can get the best of Bill Belichick in one trade.

Eyes were opened in November when the Dolphins sent receiver Isaiah Ford to the New England Patriots for a conditional sixth-round pick. The Dolphins don’t trade within the division often, and only once with the Patriots since that infamous deal that sent receiver Wes Welker to New England in 2007.

But without appearing in a game, Ford was released by New England. Belichick, however, expressed a desire to continue developing Ford as a member of the practice squad.

In the end, he’s getting neither Ford nor the draft pick.

Ford plans to rejoin the Dolphins’ practice squad instead. And Belichick confirmed he’s still on the hook for sending Miami a conditional pick.

It’s a longshot, but the ultimate slap in the face for the Pats would be if Ford were promoted to the active roster and got on the field when New England visits Dec. 20.

Ford, 24, was a seventh-round pick of the Dolphins in 2017 from Virginia Tech. Last season, he caught nine passes for a career-high 92 yards against the Jets.

Ford appeared in eight games for the Dolphins this season before his trade-deadline deal. His season was highlighted by seven catches for 76 yards against the Bills and four receptions for 48 vs. the Seahawks.

For his career, Ford has 41 receptions for 428 yards (a 10.4 average) but no touchdowns in 16 games, all with Miami.

The Welker deal backfired on the Dolphins about as badly as any in their history.

Welker had joined Miami as an undrafted free agent from Texas Tech in 2004. By 2006 he proved to be reliable, with 67 catches for 687 yards in addition to averaging 9.2 yards on punt returns and 22.2 on kickoff returns.

Then, he was traded to New England for second- and seventh-round picks. It was a steal.

In Welker’s first season in New England, he exploded with 1,175 receiving yards and eight touchdowns to become a dependable target for Tom Brady and integral part of their championship teams. In six seasons with the Patriots he had five 1,000-yard seasons.

The only other trade between the Dolphins and Patriots since then involved a swap of late draft picks in 2016.

Naturally, the Ford deal doesn’t make up for Welker — it’s light years away — but Dolphins fans might get a smirk over the way things played out.

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