3 Realistic Moves the Miami Dolphins Could Make at the Trade Deadline

Devin Noonan@@devinnoonanCorrespondent IIIOctober 19, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 14:  Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Miami Dolphins throws the ball against the St. Louis Rams at Sun Life Stadium on October 14, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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At 3-3, the Miami Dolphins find themselves primed to make a run at the playoffs, if they so choose.

They're ready to sneak past the competition and take the AFC East by storm as they enter their bye week tied atop the division.

The 'Phins have officially reached that fork in the road, where they need to decide whether or not they're buying into this season or taking a backseat and holding out for the future.

For Jeff Ireland, it may mean his job if he doesn't make a major trade deadline move.

For Ryan Tannehill and company, it means stepping up and developing alongside the weapons at hand.

Regardless, it's time to take a look at the potential moves the Dolphins may make as the team approaches the NFL trade deadline.


Adding a Wide Receiver

With Brandon Marshall's offseason exit and Chad Ochocinco's preseason departure, the Dolphins are once again left without a No. 1 wideout.

If the 'Phins are willing to commit to a run at the Lombardi Trophy this year, it's more than clear that picking up Dwayne Bowe from the Kansas City Chiefs is the best move they could possibly make.

Is he worth the money and a first-round pick in a deal?

Of course.

For a proven Pro Bowl wide receiver, the Dolphins might as well invest in a sure thing before turning to the draft and hoping for the best.

Reggie Bush is a viable option in the run game, but a serious threat through the air could bring this offense along leaps and bounds in terms of immediate development.


Improving the Secondary

Under new coach Kevin Coyle, the Dolphins defense features one of the top run defenses in the NFL thus far in 2012.

However, the team is a bit lacking when it comes to depth in the secondary.

This is likely an area that will draw attention in the 2013 draft, but for a potential playoff contender, the team may look to acquire another cornerback in the more immediate future.

It's hard to say which teams will be willing to give up a contributing member of their secondary at this point in the season, but don't be surprised if after Week 7 there are a couple of teams looking to clean house.


Adding a Red-Zone Threat

It's hard to ignore the fact that the Dolphins running game provided the early spark in the 2012 season.

But as this Mike Sherman offense continues to develop, the 'Phins would find it beneficial to invest in a big red-zone target.

Anthony Fasano has proven to be a quality option for Tannehill, but the Dolphins need a big man to key on if they hope to improve their passing attack in the red zone.

Dwayne Bowe would certainly provide an added spark if the Dolphins can manage to land him, but they would still be wise to add a bigger target from the tight end position.

If the Dallas Cowboys lose in Week 7, expect a possible fire sale from owner Jerry Jones with even Jason Witten as a feasible option on the market.

It may not seem like the most likely of options right now, but even a similar player of that stature would provide a quick fix for this Dolphins red-zone attack.


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