Stanford grad Camarillo finds a new NFL home with Minnesota

Former Menlo-Atherton High standout traded from Dolphins to Vikings

Former Stanford receiver Greg Camarillo has joined ex-Cardinal standout Toby Gerhart with the Minnesota Vikings, after Camarillo was traded by the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday.

According to reports from Tim Graham of and The Associated Press, the Vikings beefed up their receiving corps by sending cornerback Benny Sapp to the Dolphins. On Tuesday, Minnesota signed veteran free agent receiver Javon Walker.

The Camarillo-for-Sapp trade is contingent upon both players passing a physical.

Camarillo responded to the trade by telling ESPN 760 in West Palm Beach, Fla.: "Yeah, it's crazy. I hate to be rude but I don't have time for interviews. I have to move my whole life."

Minnesota was forced to strengthen its receiving corps when Pro Bowler Sidney Rice had hip surgery (and will miss at least the first half of the season) and second-year standout Percy Harvin continued to suffer from recurring migraines. That left quarterback Brett Favre without his top two targets with just two weeks left in the exhibition season.

Camarillo, the Menlo-Atherton High grad who played at Stanford from 2002-04, rebounded from a torn ACL in 2008 to catch 105 passes for 1,165 yards and two touchdowns over the past 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 for the Vikings. Camarillo did not drop a pass last season.

Camarillo became expendable in Miami with the offseason acquisition of Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall. The Dolphins also have Brian Hartline and Davone Bess at Camarillo's position.

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 the Baltimore Ravens for the Dolphins' lone victory in 2007.

"In the NFL, you have to be ready for trades at any time," Camarillo's agent, J.R. Rickert wrote in a text. "This is a great opportunity for Greg to play with one of the best quarterbacks ever."

-- Palo Alto Online Sports/ Associated Press


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