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Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Will Dolphins roll dice at trade deadline?

By James Walker

Make a move or stand pat?

That is the dilemma facing the surging Miami Dolphins this week.

The NFL has moved its trade deadline back to 4 p.m. ET on Thursday. That has allowed teams like Miami more time to think about improving its roster in the second half of the season.

The Dolphins are playing their best football of the season. They have won three in a row, including last weekend's 30-9 thrashing of the rival New York Jets.

Miami is in the thick of the AFC playoff race with the roster it has. Should it risk chemistry by adding a new face to the locker room?

It is interesting that Miami cut receiver Anthony Armstrong Tuesday and didn't add a player via waivers or the practice squad. The open roster spot allows for a trade if Miami ships one of its many draft picks to add a player from another team. Wide receiver also is a position the Dolphins are rumored to be interested in and Armstrong's spot is available.

I wrote on Tuesday that the Dolphins cannot trade backup quarterback Matt Moore. He has value and is in the final year of his contract. But Moore also is too valuable to Miami now that the team is in contention. Rookie starter Ryan Tannehill also has knee and quad injuries and may not start Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. So expect Moore to be on the roster the rest of the season.

But with five draft picks in the first three rounds, the Dolphins certainly have the trade capital to make something happen.

Will Miami roll the dice?