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Dolphins Should Shop QB Matt Moore


In the past decade of the National Football League, Quarterback has arguably become the most important position.  Teams with great QB’s make runs deep into the season, and those without good signal callers are separated from the elite.  We find ourselves in the prime part of Free Agency, as teams are looking to fill holes before entering the 2014 NFL Draft.  This year’s draft pales in comparison to the 2012 NFL Draft where we saw the likes of Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson and Ryan Tannehill drafted.  All are starting Quarterbacks in the NFL.  So what’s the point? Well, I believe Miami has something that other teams are looking for, and that is a reliable and proven starter at the QB position.  That something is backup Dolphin QB Matt Moore.

Moore is entering the final year of his two year contract extension, and is owed $4 million dollars this upcoming season.  That is a lot of money for a backup QB, though I would argue Moore is worth it.  That being said, I think the timing is right for the Dolphins to shop Moore.  Third-string QB Pat Devlin not only impressed fans last summer and in the preseason, but he also impressed HC Joe Philbin.  Philbin constantly praised Devlin’s growth and the Delaware product showed a tremendous upside.  After another off season of hard work and more reps as the number two QB in camps and preseason, I think Devlin will be ready to take Moore’s spot as Tannehill’s backup.  He would be millions of dollars cheaper too.

Couple Devlin’s progress with Moore’s $4 million owed next season, and I think Miami would be wrong to not test the waters and see what they could get for Matt Moore.  There are plenty of teams that are looking for a player to come in and either compete for the starting job or be the starting QB (examples: Cleveland, Jacksonville, Arizona).  It is very likely that teams would be interested as Moore as a stop-gap option until their future rookie QB’s are ready to start and play.

What is realistic compensation for Matt Moore?

I think the Dolphins could get a third or fourth round pick for the backup, not to mention $4 million dollars to spend elsewhere (assuming the team buys Moore’s contract).  The worst case scenario is that no other team has interest in Moore, and Miami keeps one of the better backups in the league for one more year.  It wouldn’t hurt anything for the Dolphins to test the waters and see if anyone is biting.  Regardless, I hope the Dolphins will make the necessary moves to get this team back into the playoffs and return to football in January as a contender.

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  • Christian Paige

    I agree 100% with this.

    • Eric Roddy

      Thanks Christian! I think he is past his time in Miami, but wish him the best.

      • Christian Paige

        Not only that but after watching THill last year I am convinced we have a durable QB to say the least

        • Eric Roddy

          haha amen to that! He can take a beating for sure

  • tpl

    It’s a great idea! Plus getting reps with the first string offense would only help devlins development.

    • Eric Roddy

      Thanks for agreeing tpl. I am surprised we haven’t heard anything about it yet or even speculation. I guess it shows that maybe the coaching staff isn’t quite sold on Tanny?

      • gofins60

        Even if Tannehill flops, Miami will still need to get another QB. Moore is not the answer; while he may look okay coming in for a few plays, he’s not very good as a full-time starter.

        • tpl

          Miami definitely needs to bring in another young QB to groom.

  • Pentax Shooter

    No team is going to pick up a $4M backup/placeholder *and* give up a 3rd or 4th round pick… and what’s worse is his cap hit is $5.5M. Moore’s actually not a “proven starter”, as he has never been able to maintain the position for even a single season. If Moore were a FA a team like the Jets or Minnesota
    would take a flier on him, maybe, just because he might be good enough to help get them to the playoffs and save the coach’s job, but that tea would be looking to draft a QB ASAP… unless Moore turned into Rich Gannon.

    • Eric Roddy

      His contract would obviously need to be restructured for a team to take him. That being said, Moore has played an entire season and fared well as a Panther in doing so. However I think you’re right I don’t think anyone will do anything about Moore so therefore we either need to pay him less or cut him.

      • Pentax Shooter

        He twice started 5 games in a season as a Panther. With the Fins he started 12 games in 2011 and had a decent QBR of 87 but led the league with 14 fumbles. His career record is 11-12 with a QBR of 79. IMO Moore is the kind of guy who can rally the troops and play well in small doses, and that’s why he’s a solid backup to have.

        • Eric Roddy

          I agree, but I don’t think he is the right backup for the Fins anymore.

  • DragonFly34

    Eric, the Dolphin OL is non existant and you think the Dolphins should trade the only QB on the roster?

    • Eric Roddy

      How is Matt Moore the only QB on the roster? Are you saying that Ryan Tannehill and Pat Devlin should not even be mentioned as QB’s??

      • Pentax Shooter

        DragonFly34 always rags on RT17.

        • Eric Roddy

          It is fair to not be on the RT17 wagon just yet. That being said, it is unfair to say he is not our future QB given the awful O-Line last year and losing two of his best targets in Daniel Gibson and Dustin Keller early in the year. Couple that with a lackluster and often non-existent running game and RT17 did a great job. Oh yea, that Sherman guy was FREAKING AWFUL too, so there is that as well. #allaboardRtrain

        • DragonFly34

          Im sorry have I hurt your feelings

      • DragonFly34

        Eric, in a word,,,YES. Why do you think the Dolphins pay Matt Moore 4mil a yr? He’s not window dressing. The Head Shed in Dolphin-land doesn’t have confidence on Tannehill and why should they? Tannys second yr was much like the first. Tanny doesnt often complete a pass over 25 yds, and he doesn’t seem to have the arm strength to match with Miami’s fast WRs. Not to mention Tanny just doesn’t get it. He doesn’t know when to hold ‘em or when to fold ‘em. And Devlin is just simply the third string QB. Last two games of the season should have been an eye opener, that this Dolphin has a long way to go. They were extremely lucky to end 8-8. And please,,,stats are for losers.

        • Eric Roddy

          THat is a fair argument but what you also have to remember is that MIke Sherman did not build his offense around his QB AND OFFENSIVE LINE. AT A&M, Tanny had one of the best if not THE BEST O-Lines in the country. Then when he came to the pros, our O-line sucked and Tanny could not run the same offense to the same effect. What did Sherman do? DId he roll Tanny out or go to shorter passing patterns or establish a running game? No, he let him stay out on the field and burn. Other side of the argument.

          • DragonFly34

            Point taken about the OL and you could ad the RBs, neither can’t block a good cold plate of oysters. When I think franchise QB’s, of course Danny comes to mind,,lol,,and others. But to me Tanny just doesn’t have “it”. Oh well, lets see if Ross’s 4th choice for GM can bring some stability. Philbin, doesn’t know what goes on his locker room so why should we(dolfans) expect him to know what happens on the playing field.
            As an old Dolfan(1965) I expect more from this franchise and it seems to get worse as the yrs go by.

          • Eric Roddy

            THat is fair. Who knows if TAnnehill has “it” but personally his skill set is equal to Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck (except for maybe the deep ball). That being said, the difference is that those players have coaches who understand their playing styles and get them out of the pocket to do their best work on the run. Tannehill hasn’t been given that freedom yet.

  • Johnny

    I say either restructure his contract or trade him… But… Don’t think there’s much of a market for him… especially at his contract $$$ as of now…
    Must restructure his contract…
    Hey, he’s a good back-up to have..
    But 4 mil is a lot for a back-up QB..
    If he doesn’t want to restructure, try to trade him (which I doubt can happen)… Or he might just have to be cut…
    As long as there’s no dead money…