Miami Dolphins: Should Miami Trade Matt Moore Before the NFL Trade Deadline?

Eduardo Mendez@@Mendez_FCCorrespondent IIOctober 17, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 29:   Matt Moore #8 of the Miami Dolphins at Cowboys Stadium on August 29, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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ESPN analyst Adam Schefter reported yesterday that the injury Kevin Kolb suffered this past Sunday vs. the Buffalo Bills will sideline him for several weeks.

With multiple ribs detached from his sternum, Kolb’s injury opens the door for John Skelton to once again lead the Cardinals, but poor play may cause Arizona to search for an alternative. 

The Dolphins may just have the Cardinals’ solution, having one of the best backup QBs in the NFL

Matt Moore was named the Dolphins’ 2011 MVP and led the team to a 6-3 record the last nine weeks of the 2011 season.

He began the offseason in a three-way QB competition with rookie Ryan Tannehill and David Garrard and was demoted to second string during training camp.

Barring injury, he will never start another game for the Dolphins.

Moore is entering the final year of his contract and his return to Miami next year is questionable given Tannehill’s progression.

He could be expendable as the trading deadline approaches.

Pat Devlin (29-of-49 for 246 yards with one TD and one INT) demonstrated tremendous growth in the preseason, but questions remain as to whether or not he can keep the team afloat should Tannehill go down to injury.

Miami’s search for a reliable wide receiver has been a work in progress all season and the Cardinals would prove to be a quality trade partner given the stable of talent they possess at that position. 


The emergence of Andre Roberts (22 receptions for 286 yards with four TDs) has diminished Early Doucet's role in Arizona.

Doucet has recorded 14 receptions for 119 yards with zero TDs and finished Sunday’s game vs. the Bills with one reception for one yard.

Both receivers would bring some added value to the Dolphins' receiving corps.  

At 4-2, the Cardinals find themselves atop the NFC West.

With Kolb sidelined for several weeks, Arizona’s faith in John Skelton may begin to waver should the Cardinals fall to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 7. 

The question will be whether the Dolphins‘ front office is confident enough in Devlin to leave him one hit away from starting for the Dolphins. 

Given their recent transactions, it should not come as a surprise if they do.

Brian Hartline and Devon Bess are nothing more than glorified No. 2 and No. 3 receivers, yet the Dolphins were not reluctant to get rid of Brandon Marshall and Chad Johnson.

Thin in the secondary, Miami did not turn down a trade offer from the Colts that sent four-year starter Vontae Davis to Indianapolis.

Jeff Ireland's head-scratching moves shows he is a proponent of getting the best value possible, so there is no telling what may or may not transpire.

With the trade deadline just two weeks away, Ireland will be forced to make another tough decision.

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