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Dolphins-Eagles trade hits a bump ... So what happens next?

Byron Maxwell
Byron Maxwell

The Dolphis-Eagles trade has hit a road bump over concerns about cornerback Byron Maxwell’s shoulder.

Maxwell, who along with Kiko Alonso, was supposed to be dealt to Miami Wednesday in exchange for draft compensation, missed the last two games of the 2015 with what was a sprained shoulder.

Apparently, it was a bit more serious. The Philadelphia Daily reported Wednesday that, even though Maxwell told the Eagles back in December that he could have been available if they made the playoffs, the shoulder is still an issue.

The trade isn’t off yet, but what happens if the Dolphins walk away?

Well, they need a Plan B — immediately.

Brent Grimes was expected to be gone due to age, the size of his contract and the organization’s issues with his outspoken wife. Could that change? It’s hard to see how, after the developments of the past week.

So the Dolphins would instead probably more seriously attack free agency. There’s word that they think highly of Giants’ corner Prince Amukamara. They have real interest in Adam “Pacman” Jones. Other options include ex-Dolphin Sean Smith and Green Bay’s Casey Hayward.

But their best bet might be to turn to the draft. Florida State’s Jalen Ramsey is viewed as the best of the bunch; Florida’s Vernon Hargreaves is also a likely top-10 pick. But would either be available when the Dolphins pick at No. 8?

Adam H. Beasley: 305-376-3565, @AdamHBeasley

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