The Miami Herald is reporting that the Raiders have traded an undisclosed draft pick for Miami C Samson Satele.
In a move that confirms the Dolphins' desire to transition newly signed center Jake Grove into the starting job, Miami traded center Samson Satele to the Oakland Raiders for an undisclosed draft pick, two sources said Sunday night.
Satele, a second-round pick in 2007, started every game he played for Miami over the past two seasons since former coach Cam Cameron and former general manager Randy Mueller drafted him.
However, the team's new regime decided it was time for an upgrade after Satele struggled to deal with some of the bigger nose tackles in the AFC East, specifically the Jets' Kris Jenkins and the Patriots' Vince Wilfork.
Although Grove does not have much more size than Satele (both weigh about 300 pounds, but Grove is an inch taller at 6-4), the Dolphins believe his skill set makes him better equipped to handle the bigger players that concern Miami.
Selected in the 2nd round of the 2007 Draft, Satele started all 32 games for the Dolphins, committing only 6 penalties and giving up only 6.5 sacks over that span. Satele should be able to be plugged into the starting lineup immediately and provide nearly the same play that Jake Grove provided.
I'm going to go out on a limb and say that we gave up our 4th round pick for Satele.
Thoughts on Satele's joining the Raiders?
UPDATE: David White at SFGate is reporting that the Raiders gave Miami their 6th round pick and swapped 4th round picks. All in all a pretty good deal for Satele.