So much for all the Kyle Orton-to-Miami talk.
Aaron Fentress of the Oregonian reports that Matt Moore will join the Dolphins on a two-year deal. The report hasn’t been confirmed elsewhere, but Moore went to Oregon and the report looks solid. (ESPN confirmed the move.)
We can’t imagine the Dolphins would entertain grabbing Orton now. We hope the Broncos are truly comfortable in keeping him, because the Dolphins called their bluff.
The Broncos can spin the move all they want, but they were looking to make this Tim Tebow’s year or Orton wouldn’t have been available. It’s a rough moment for an inexperienced front office.
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross told the Palm Beach Post Friday morning he didn’t see Orton as a “major upgrade” from Chad Henne, and lauded the “discipline” that G.M. Jeff Ireland has shown.
Make no mistake: The Dolphins are taking a big risk here too. We do see Orton has an upgrade from Henne, and Moore is coming off a shoulder injury. (We think Moore does have potential if he can stay healthy.)
Ireland and coach Tony Sparano probably can’t afford another sub-.500 season, and they will do battle with the Patriots and Jets with Henne and Moore as their quarterbacks.