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Miami Dolphins trade WR Greg Camarillo to Minnesota

He has been a South Florida fan favorite since 2007. From AP-

The Minnesota Vikings aren’t waiting around to beef up their ailing receivers corps.

The Vikings acquired receiver Greg Camarillo from the Miami Dolphins in exchange for cornerback Benny Sapp on Wednesday, one day after signing veteran free agent Javon Walker. The deal is contingent upon both players passing a physical.

Minnesota has little choice: Pro Bowler Sidney Rice will miss at least the first half of the season after having hip surgery Monday, and Percy Harvin hasn’t practiced much because of recurring migraines, leaving Brett Favre without his top two targets with just two weeks left in the exhibition season.

Camarillo rebounded from a torn ACL in 2008 to catch 105 passes for 1,165 yards and two touchdowns over the last two years. He is more of a slot receiver than a deep threat, which would make him a more realistic fit to replace Harvin than the 6-foot-4 Rice, whose leaping ability and athleticism contributed to a breakout season last year.

The sure-handed Camarillo did not drop a pass last season.


Camarillo was a starter the past two years. Last season he made 50 catches for 552 yards and no touchdowns. He’ll be best remembered in Miami for his 64-yard touchdown catch in overtime against Baltimore for the Dolphins’ lone victory in 2007.

Sapp will provide depth for Miami at cornerback behind second-year starters Vontae Davis and Sean Smith. Veteran cornerback Will Allen is coming back from knee surgery and recently underwent a follow-up arthroscopic procedure, and he’s expected to be sidelined until at least the end of the exhibition season.

Sapp played in all 16 games for Minnesota last season and started seven when Antoine Winfield went down with a foot injury. He filled in admirably, but fell behind youngsters Asher Allen and Chris Cook early in training camp in the race for the nickel job.

Miami has needs at Safety but trading Camarillo is a mistake in my book. The team is also think at Wide Receiver. Yes, the Dolphins acquired Brandon Marshall, but beyond that and Davone Bess, the team’s receiving corp is green and or untested. If Bess or Marshall gets injured, this trade can backfire badly.

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