The Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers did not complete a rumored trade before today's NFL trade deadline, a move that would have sent running back Doug Martin to Miami in exchange for draft picks. Albert Breer of NFL Network, confirmed through sources that Martin was not dealt.
Miami was thought to be looking for a running back as the trade deadline approached in an effort to replace injured runner Knowshon Moreno. The Dolphins envisioned a two-headed rushing attack this year, with Moreno teamed with starting running back Lamar Miller, but injuries to Moreno sidelined him before the team could find a rhythm. Moreno missed two games after dislocating his elbow in Week 2, then returned to the field against the Green Bay Packers only to tear his ACL and be placed on the season ending injured reserve list.
Miller is currently tenth in the league in rushing yards, and is having a great season. The team, however, could be concerned that he could wear down as the season goes along, leading to the rumors.
Miami general manager Dennis Hickey was a member of the Buccaneers front office in 2012 when Tampa Bay drafted Martin in the first round. He ran for over 1,400 yards as a rookie, but injuries landed him on injured reserve last year, and continued to bother him at the start of this season. He has 58 carries for 166 yards this season, giving him just a 2.9 yards per carry average. He has scored once.
The NFL trade deadline passed at 4pm ET. Tampa Bay did pull off two trades, according to reports, sending linebacker Jonathan Casillas to the New England Patriots and safety Mark Barron to the St. Louis Rams. Miami, it appears, did not make any moves.