Top News: NFL Trade Deadline, Rest Day & More

The NFL trading deadline is Tuesday at 4 p.m. Eastern time, though that certainly doesn’t mean the Dolphins will be involved in a deal.

The last time the Dolphins made a deal around the trading deadline was 2013 when they acquired tackle Bryant McKinnie from the Baltimore Ravens for a seventh-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

The Dolphins already have made one in-season trade this year, acquiring linebacker Stephone Anthony from the New Orleans Saints for a 2018 draft pick.

The Dolphins currently have five players who joined the team via trade: Anthony, defensive end William Hayes (from the Rams), tight end Julius Thomas (Jacksonville), linebacker Kiko Alonso (Philadelphia) and wide receiver Kenny Stills (New Orleans).

Much-needed rest: Dolphins players enjoyed the final day of the “mini-bye” Monday before reporting back to work Tuesday. Head Coach Adam Gase said Friday he wanted to give his players some time off after the game against Baltimore because this will be the only time this season he’ll have a chance to give his players a little break because of the hurricane-related postponement of the opener. Running back Kenyan Drake took advantage of the break to get a haircut, as he proudly showed on his Twitter feed.

Sunday night stats: The Dolphins will take an impressive 19-8 record in Sunday night games when they face the Oakland Raiders at Hard Rock Stadium next weekend. The Dolphins will be appearing in a Sunday night game for the first time since 2010 when they faced the New York Jets in a Week 4 matchup.

Verner’s cause: Veteran cornerback Alterraun Verner has unveiled a book drive for Title I schools in Miami with a goal of raising $5,000 over the next 16 days. Here was the message from Verner: “Dear Friends, Family and Fan: Excited to announce another partnership with Athletes for Charity to host a book drive to benefit a few Title I schools in Miami. I’m inviting all of you to join in helping me raise more funds to support my literacy initiative by making a donation. I will match all donations made to Athletes for Charity by Nov. 15 to support the delivery of STEM themed books to the pre-selected Miami schools.” Donations between $25-99 will earn the donor an autographed photo from Verner; those donating between $100-199 will receive an autographed mini-helmet and a Team Verner T-shirt; and those donating $200 or more will receive an autographed mini-helmet, a football and a Team Verner T-shirt. To donate, CLICK HERE.

Birthday wishes: It was a busy day for birthdays in the Dophins family. Wide receiver Jakeem Grant turned 24 on Monday, and Senior Vice President of Communications and Community Affairs Jason Jenkins and Senior Director of Football Communications Matt Taylor also had birthdays on this day.