When the Dolphins rolled onto the practice field for the first time this morning, Matt Moore was with the first team at quarterback, and David Garrard with the twos.
But Ryan Tannehill was nowhere to be found.
“He’s obviously not here, so we’re obviously not done yet,” Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland said of his unsigned quarterback, via James Walker of ESPN.com. “I think progress is being made. It’s progressing, communication is ongoing on both sides. . . . We will not discuss the details of the negotiations in public.”
Ireland said he didn’t foresee the holdout, but said: “Things happen.”
The Dolphins’ first-round pick is one of three unsigned first-rounders, and the dispute over offset language in his contract has the unintended consequence of costing him any slim chance he has at winning a starting job.
Granted, he knows the offense which coordinator Mike Sherman’s calling, since Sherman was his college coach at Texas A&M, but Moore and Garrard are good enough to hold off any rookie who doesn’t have the benefit of a full camp.
As to the quarterbacks who are there, the expectation is that Moore and Garrard will rotate days with the starters throughout camp.