The Miami Dolphins will have a decision to make in the next couple of days. Stick with Henne or go with recently waived David Garrard. Garrard the starting QB in Jacksonville is not a street free agent after HC Jack Del Rio threw him to the curb.
Garrard, drafted in 2002 replaced Byron Leftwich in a similar move by Del Rio in 2007. Garrard would have counted over 8 million in cap space for the Jaguars who are entering a bridge season from Garrard to rookie Blaine Gabbert. The question now becomes, will the Dolphins have any interest?
Garrard is mobile but erratic. A big arm with up and down consistency. Still, he is far more proven than Chad Henne. The issue here is however that Garrard is not the future of a franchise. He is what he is. A 9 year veteran who is easing into the final years of his career. He wants to start and the Dolphins should not be inclined to simply hand that job over to a free agent. In addition, Garrard is going to command more money than the contracts of Matt Moore and Chad Henne combined…or at least close.
It will be an interesting couple of days to see how much the Dolphins believe Garrard can help this team. He is the first legitimate starting QB in free agency this year.
In other news, the Patriots have said good-bye to former 2nd round pick Darius Butler. The CB lost his job early last season and couldn’t gain it back this past training camp. It’s evident now why Bill Belichick needs all of those draft picks…he only hits on a few. Earlier this week, he released former first rounder and Pro-Bowl safety Brandon Meriweather.