With the announcement that rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill will be the Dolphins starting quarterback, they now have to figure out who will be his back-up. With Matt Moore’s competent play and David Garrard still hobbled from knee surgery, it appears the Dolphins will go with Moore over Garrard, per Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.
So which backup would the Dolphins prefer? Moore,” writes Salguero. “He is healthy. He is good in the locker room and in the quarterback room. He is accepting of the fact he has lost the quarterback competition to Ryan Tannehill even while he feels “frustrated” that he didn’t play better this training camp and preseason. Moore also has a history of having helped the Dolphins to a 6-3 finish last season as the step-in starter once Chad Henne was injured.”
Salguero also notes that Garrard is slated to make $2.75 million in base salary this season, which is $500,000 more than Moore. It would make sense for the Dolphins to try to trade or release Garrard to free up some cap space. Moore is more familiar with the Dolphins organization and Garrard’s knee problems make it harder for the team to keep the quarterback on their roster.