October 18 is the NFL trade deadline.
Unlike in other sports, where teams tend to make deals that either help build for their future or give them the pieces needed to make that postseason push, in the NFL, deadline day is usually a quiet occasion.
Case in point: the Jets trading Derrick Mason to Houston in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick. That's big: a receiver who has 13 receptions, 115 yards and no touchdowns in five games in exchange for a potential special teams player in 2012.
All bad attempts at sarcasm aside, the question as it pertains to the Miami Dolphins is this: Do they attempt a blockbuster trade now, or just continue the way the ship is going?
Unless you haven't seen a Dolphins game all season (and considering this is a Miami Dolphins article, I'm assuming you have, unless you just emerged from living under a rock, which if that's the case and you're a huge Dolphins fan, return to the rock you were living under, I'll come get you in April) you know this ship is as doomed as the Titanic.
Actually, you could make the case that this is worse than the Titanic—the Titanic at least had lifeboats (TOO SOON!).
The first step to answering this question about the Dolphins is, what trades are out there?
A revisit to the Kyle Orton trade, perhaps?
"The Dolphins are maybe the favorites to land the No. 1 draft pick and Andrew Luck. Now, if they had any chance of making the playoffs, I would be more on board with this potential move.Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
But what in the world would the Dolphins gain here? They might get to a 4-12 or 5-11 record, but that wouldn't accomplish anything."
I couldn't have said it any better myself.
I first pointed out that, as far as Miami's future goes, it's either Henne succeeds this season or they better hope they get Luck-y in the draft.
Then later as Henne went down with his injury, I pointed out that any quarterback Miami has will be nothing more than a placeholder.
Either way, there will be a new regime in place next season. Who's going to want to bring in their own guy as quarterback?
Best case scenario of course is if their new guy winds up being one Andrew Austen Luck.
Plus next year, Orton will be a free agent. So why give up a conditional draft pick now for someone the Dolphins could have for whatever the market may bear (actually the idea of bringing in Orton next season while Luck develops would work for Miami very well).
Of course, this doesn't mean Miami has to be inactive at the trade deadline.
Paul Soliai has been practically dead weight. Four tackles and two pass deflections for $12.5 million? He likely won't be in Miami after this season. Why not trade him now and get a conditional pick?
Then of course, there's my controversial idea of potentially trading Brandon Marshall. This has nothing to do with him personally or professionally, but if a team is willing to make a very good offer, Miami should at least listen.
So Miami can be active at the trade deadline while continuing to "Suck For Luck."
They just shouldn't make any hasty moves that could jeopardize their pole position in that race.
Thomas Galicia is a Miami Dolphins Featured Columnist who also writes about music, movies, the Miami Heat whenever this stupid NBA lockout ends (and he's praying it's soon), the Chicago Cubs and the WWE. He also knows that most of you will disagree with him on this subject. That's what the comments are for; tell him he's wrong, or if you agree with him, tell him he's right. Then visit www.thomasgalicia.com and follow him on Twitter, @thomasgalicia.