The Miami Dolphins have moved into the Ryan Tannehill era.
With that, they have left the Matt Moore era behind.
We've heard coach Joe Philbin shower his quarterbacks with praise throughout the airing of Hard Knocks. But how far does that praise go? Not far enough to prevent the Dolphins from at least fielding calls regarding a potential trade for Moore, per Ben Volin of The Palm Beach Post.
The #Dolphins have received calls about Matt Moore, but I don't know if they're leading to any sort of trade right now— Ben Volin (@BenVolinPBP) August 31, 2012
Fielding calls is a lot different than making calls. It's not as though the Dolphins are actively pursuing a trade. But as we learned during the talks between Jeff Ireland and Jim Irsay ("I have to be blown away. You called me," Ireland said to Irsay over the phone on the most recent episode of Hard Knocks), the team that takes the call is at an advantage because the team making the call has already expressed its interest.
That being said, the Dolphins won't be getting rid of Moore unless they really like the deal. Volin also cites a source as having told him that the Dolphins were aiming to keep all four quarterbacks on the roster.
They'll have to be compensated nicely to part ways with Moore, even if he is only the backup quarterback. After all, their situation at quarterback beyond Moore is a bit shakier, with the uncertain status of David Garrard hanging in the balance, and the limited experience of Pat Devlin not offering much promise in the wake of an injury to either or both of the other backups.
But with the sheer number of holes on the roster, the Dolphins would be foolish not to do explore their trade options.
That's specifically true at wide receiver, where the Dolphins are nearly devoid of standout talent. In fact, the Dolphins were already in talks about dealing another backup (running back Steve Slaton) to the Washington Redskins for wide receiver Anthony Armstrong, according to The Washington Times, and were also in talks about Packers wide receiver James Jones, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
Clearly, the Dolphins are interested in adding talent via trade, and Moore is just one of the pieces that could be involved in such a deal. If they are confident that Garrard will be ready to back up Tannehill, trading Moore is an avenue that absolutely must be explored.
Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained firsthand.