As Chris McCain moves on to New Orleans, in exchange for a conditional seventh round pick, I am struck by two things which both bode well for our organization.
First: It is nice to see a professional at work. McCain is a class act, who made the most of his opportunities with the Dolphins and will bring character and class to the Saints locker room as he did to ours. If only Dion Jordan could have approached his tenure with our team with the same dignity and sense of proportion. By acting now, the Dolphins have taken care of McCain and sent a message about being a quality partner to players who "do the right thing." McCain has landed with a team that has invested in him; it therefore stands to reason that he will make that roster and be a valued member of their team.
Second: It is nice to see the Dolphins being proactive. While I hoped for more in exchange for McCain, that we are getting something in return for a player we likely would have had to cut feels good. Too often in the past our personnel department has simply released players without putting anything back in the tank. It is nice to see the team develop a plan and execute it in a timely fashion.
Oh- and an added benefit: McCain won''t be wearing AFC East colors and making statement plays against a franchise that treated him shabbily. We've all seen that movie a few too many times...