The Miami Dolphins release wide receiver Anthony Armstrong today, leaving an open spot on the 53 man roster. With the trade deadline to expire Thursday at 4pm EST, one can only speculate if the Dolphins plan to make any more moves. Rumors have been flying around that the Dolphins may see what it would take to trade for WR Dwayne Bowe of Kansas City, or TE Jared Cook from Tennessee, but I think it’s more likely the Dolphins will stand pat, or trade on of their own players to add more draft picks moving forward.
Armstrong was claimed by the Dolphins after he was released by the Washington Redskins on 8/31/12. He made only 3 catches for 12 yards through 7 games for the Dolphins, and never really seemed to be of much importance for the Dolphins. The recent play of Marlon Moore along with the progress of veteran Jabar Gaffney made releasing Armstrong possible. He wasn’t without a job long, as the Jacksonville Jaguars scooped him up.
With the vacancy on the roster, the Dolphins are likely to add another player to keep the theme on constantly churning the bottom of the roster. I don’t expect the Dolphins to make a move by trading for a player, though it’s fun to play fantasy and hope for a deal to be done. I’m banking more on the Dolphins standing pat with what they have. They are in the thick of the playoff race, though they still have 9 games remaining, but they are improving week to week with this group, and taking away or trying to add to what they have going could mess it up. Not only that, the Dolphins are set up nicely with the salary cap next season, and have a substantial amount of draft picks next season, with 1 first, 2 second, and 2 thrid round picks at their disposal. This coaching staff said from day one that they want to develop young players, and that’s exactly what they are doing.
Sure, it would be nice to have Dwayne Bowe or Mike Wallace, but Bowe is playing on the franchise tag and can’t be signed to a long term deal until after the season. Miami would have to give up a draft pick to get him, then hope he would resign with the team after the season. I don’t see the Dolphins taking a risk like that for a player that could just be a rental. The Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t trading Mike Wallace, and have said that on numerous occasions. He is a major part of their offense, and will continue to be that because of how talented he is. Greg Jennings is another wide receiver that is going to be a free agent next season, but he has been battling injuries all season, and Miami won’t give up picks for a player that won’t make an immediate impact. TE Jared Cook is another attractive player, but I don’t think the Dolphins are giving up on 3rd round pick Michael Egnew yet, despite the fact that he hasn’t been active on game day all season.