AFC East: trade deadline

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?

Dolphins must keep QB Matt Moore

October, 30, 2012
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.

Former GM: Jets should trade Tim Tebow

October, 24, 2012
The New York Jets should deal quarterback Tim Tebow by next week's trade deadline. That is the opinion of one former NFL general manager.

Charley Casserly of NFL Network says the Jets should get rid of their popular backup quarterback by the Oct. 30 trade deadline. Casserly was a former general manager of the Houston Texans and Washington Redskins.
I think a natural move would be for the New York Jets to trade Tim Tebow to the Seattle Seahawks. What the Jets envisioned for Tebow does not seem to have worked; they simply aren't using him. Now is the time to eliminate the distraction. Seattle, which could certainly use another quarterback, has a shot at the playoffs but is struggling to score touchdowns in the red zone. That's one thing I think Tebow can do.

I just don’t see this becoming a reality. Not only did Jets owner Woody Johnson publicly commit to Tebow, but Seattle has its quarterback of the present and future in Russell Wilson. A potential trade doesn’t make a lot of sense for either side.

I wouldn’t be surprised if a team in AFC East makes a move before the trade deadline. But it’s doubtful it will be the Jets with Tebow.

Dolphins have tradable assets

October, 10, 2012
The Green Bay Packers are in the market for a running back. The Kansas City Chiefs might need a veteran quarterback.

Could either team call the Miami Dolphins?

The Dolphins aren't deep at many positions. But they do have tradable assets at two positions on offense. Teams like Green Bay and Kansas City could be potential dance partners before the Oct. 30 trade deadline.

Miami has depth to spare at running back, where Reggie Bush is the unquestioned starter ahead of Daniel Thomas and rookie Lamar Miller. The team also has veteran quarterback Matt Moore, who went 6-3 in his final nine games last season, behind rookie first-round pick Ryan Tannehill.

If I'm general manager Jeff Ireland, I would shop both Thomas and Moore to prospective teams to see what kind of value the Dolphins could get in return. Trading one or both wouldn't affect the Dolphins' roster all that much. Thomas is inconsistent at times and Miller could do well with increased reps. Moore is in the final year of his contract and probably won't return now that Tannehill has taken over.

For example, if Miami can get a quality cornerback or draft pick in return for Moore and Thomas, that would be ideal. The Dolphins have a chance to improve their present or future roster by trading either of these players.