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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Dolphins must keep QB Matt Moore

By James Walker

Remember the Matt Moore trade speculation the past few weeks?

Well, forget about it.

The Miami Dolphins would be silly to trade their veteran backup quarterback this week. That was never more evident than Sunday when Moore filled in well for injured rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill (knee, quad). Moore kept the offense going and threw for 131 yards and a touchdown in a 30-9 win over the New York Jets.

The NFL pushed back its trade deadline until Thursday due to Hurricane Sandy, but it shouldn’t matter. The Dolphins cannot lose that level of quarterback security.

“We have a luxury not to have a drop-off at quarterback, no matter what happens,” Dolphins receiver Marlon Moore told the AFC East blog Sunday. “So if Tannehill goes down, we have the luxury of having another starting-caliber quarterback coming in.”

Miami (4-3) is in playoff contention and Moore is one of the top backup quarterbacks in the NFL. As we found out Sunday, Moore is just one play away. Miami also isn’t sure just yet of Tannehill’s availability for Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. (Tannehill said he’s optimistic he can play.)

Yes, Moore is in the final year of his contract and may not return in 2013. But a late- or mid-round draft pick is not worth it. Moore shouldn't be traded this week unless a team really blows Miami away with an offer.