Greg Camarillo's Last Day: Behind the Scenes of an NFL Trade
On the news wire and in tomorrow's papers it will show up as just a transaction, but behind that transaction are real people and real lives changing. Sure, accountants and engineers get transferred from one headquarters to another, or willingly change jobs and move their families, but typically there is some notice involved like two weeks or even a month.
Here's how things went for Camarillo over a 24-hour period.
On Tuesday afternoon, the fifth-year receiver put in a full practice with the Dolphins, attended team meetings, went through his post-practice routine of cooling down in the training room, went home to study the playbook some more and then woke up this morning to start it all over again.
At some point during that time period, the Dolphins and Vikings talked about making a trade and finalized things either late last night or early this morning. Camarillo drove to the team's training facility this morning, hit the weight room with his teammates and then when they broke off into position meetings, he sat with the other receivers.
"We heard about roughly after the team meeting," said second-year wide receiver Brian Hartline, who Camarillo took under his wing last year as a rookie. "It was kind of like he was there and then they had a talk and he wasn't. So it's amazing how this business works. It really shows you the tough part of this sport, but it is what it is."
When the meetings broke, Hartline saw Camarillo in the hall and wished him luck in Minnesota, reminding him to keep in touch. Before he knew it, Camarillo was on a plane bound for Minneapolis to take his physical with the Vikings and then will hopefully join the team at practice tomorrow. Just like that, he will change uniforms, cities, coaches, quarterbacks, teammates and time zones.
After the news broke, Camarillo was besieged with text messages and phone calls from friends and reporters, and had to rush them off the phone or send them back short text messages because now he had to move himself and his fiancee. When he sees former teammates in Week 2 in Minneapolis for the game between the Vikings and Dolphins, Camarillo will experience some emotions, but he also will already have adjusted to the business side of the game.