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For Matt Moore, $8 million reasons to be a backup

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The quarterback market is such that Matt Moore was one of the, if not the top name in it.

That’s why it struck some as odd he’d stay as the backup in Miami rather than pursue a chance to start elsewhere.

Now we know part of it, as Jeff Darlington of NFL.com points out the contract Moore agreed to this morning is a two-year deal worth $8 million.

Those are premium dollars for a backup, and he might not have gotten the same kind of money for a chance to compete for a starting job with a bad team.

So in the end, Moore took the bird in hand (a bird which isn’t burdened with state income tax) rather than try for a starting job that he’d have had to fight for.

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48 Responses to “For Matt Moore, $8 million reasons to be a backup”
  1. eatitfanboy says: Mar 8, 2013 10:47 AM

    Umm…….what?

  2. aberystwyth2 says: Mar 8, 2013 10:51 AM

    Just like Kyle Orton last year

  3. agelardi says: Mar 8, 2013 10:51 AM

    WOW, $8 mil for a backup who, if all goes right, won’t take a snap in a game?

    Use those cap dollars wisely Fins.

  4. jerryyouradisgrace says: Mar 8, 2013 10:55 AM

    Good move Matt

  5. tannethrill says: Mar 8, 2013 10:55 AM

    Trade deadline bait

  6. steve3211 says: Mar 8, 2013 10:57 AM

    And now you know why this guy has never been and will never be a starting qb in the nfl on any consistent basis.

  7. cantonbound13 says: Mar 8, 2013 10:59 AM

    A losing team the last 3 seasons, spending all their money on resigning their own players? Yeah, that makes sense.

  8. steve3211 says: Mar 8, 2013 11:00 AM

    He could have made this type of money while competing for a starting job on another team or close to it. He will never start behind Tannehill and knows it. If I was a gm I would mark this and never sign this guy in the future. He doesn’t want to play. Pathetic.

  9. phinfan says: Mar 8, 2013 11:01 AM

    Easy money for him – nice guy glad hes staying!!! I personally was afraid he would land in nyj or buff

  10. 305phinphan says: Mar 8, 2013 11:02 AM

    At some point a starting QB will go down and the Dolphins will have the perfect trade bait. Good move by Ireland to secure a future draft pick.

  11. vaphinfan says: Mar 8, 2013 11:02 AM

    I have a feeling he’s trade bait.

  12. gsb333 says: Mar 8, 2013 11:03 AM

    His agent obviously didn’t think he would get a good opportunity in FA. He’s more of a competitor than this.

  13. fuglyflorio says: Mar 8, 2013 11:07 AM

    That is a ton of cap dollars for a backup QB.

  14. troe1967 says: Mar 8, 2013 11:08 AM

    Love reading your posts and keeping up with NFL while living in Holland. One thing about this post I would point out is that even though there is no State Income tax in Florida and he will play half his games there the Tax laws in the States provide for a prorated portion of his salary to be taxed by the various States he will be playing his away games in. This started in the construction business and carries over to pro sports teams. It makes their payrolls some of the most complicated when it comes to tax calculations. In short it will keep more money in his pocket but not all of it.

  15. themackstrong says: Mar 8, 2013 11:11 AM

    Matt Flynn money. Nice!

  16. miriam45 says: Mar 8, 2013 11:13 AM

    Good! I would have been sick seeing him play and winning games for the hated Jets

  17. kenny328usa says: Mar 8, 2013 11:18 AM

    Man that is some nice coin to be the “just in case” guy

  18. larryfinfan says: Mar 8, 2013 11:25 AM

    Pretty harsh last statement there, Gantt…Do you know MMoore personally that you can make such a statement ??

  19. nflgreedleague says: Mar 8, 2013 11:30 AM

    Wow you just can’t win with the arm chair GMs on this site. If they let Moore walk they’re idiots now they are idiots for matching what he would have made on the open market. And Moore’s a loser for taking 8 mil to stay in a situation he likes. Whatever

  20. revischrist16 says: Mar 8, 2013 11:36 AM

    4 Million for a backup QB seems rather expensive. However, 4 million to guarantee the Dolphins 2 divisional wins against the Jets (by keeping Sanchez as the starter and not Moore), it is well worth the money.

    Good move Dolphins. I will be weeping each game Sanchez steps on the field.

  21. sandersmarcus10 says: Mar 8, 2013 11:39 AM

    LOL and the budget cuts are hitting hard working people!

  22. coltzfan166 says: Mar 8, 2013 11:39 AM

    Wonder how Garrard feels about this

  23. samoanjungle says: Mar 8, 2013 11:41 AM

    Wow you would think he would want a chance to start somewhere.

  24. tannethrill says: Mar 8, 2013 11:52 AM

    It’s not about opportunity. He’s 29 and automatically 2nd to whomever he would have had to compete with for a starters spot. Any other team would have likely put him in a competition with someone younger with more potential, just like with Tannehill.

    If he signs here then he can showcase his skills in preseason with an offense he’s familiar with. If someone trades for him then he’s likely getting a starting opportunity from the moment he walks into the new door.

    This should speak to the leadership in Philbin and the ability of Ireland to retain one of the best backups in the league that can produce on the fly and likely the best available FA QB on the market absent a chance to start here.

    I’m confident a pick will be secured in exchange for his services whether it be this season or next.

  25. ampats says: Mar 8, 2013 11:54 AM

    Who is going to trade a draft pick for a career back up QB who wasn’t even willing to test the market vaphinfan ?

    Answer: Nobody

  26. briang123 says: Mar 8, 2013 11:56 AM

    Clearly he is scamming the government by playing in a state with no income tax.

  27. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Mar 8, 2013 11:58 AM

    Sanchez makes more…and he is only a backup QB too.

  28. irishgary says: Mar 8, 2013 12:04 PM

    really shows his competitiveness doesn’t it? Why should I try to be a starter when I can sit back and collect.

    Fins just signed a looser as a backup

  29. CKL says: Mar 8, 2013 12:06 PM

    larryfinfan says:
    Mar 8, 2013 11:25 AM
    Pretty harsh last statement there, Gantt…Do you know MMoore personally that you can make such a statement ??
    ______________________________
    Gantt was the best writer on the Panthers beat for a long long time so yes I am pretty sure he knows MM.

    I think the difference between MM and a guy like DavidCarr is that Carr really truly never wanted to start again after Hou cut him but Moore probably wanted to at some point and realizes that it’s just not his role. Nothing wrong with that. I mean Dick LeBeau was intelligent enough to know that beign one of the best DCs is more satisfying to him than being a mediocre HC.

  30. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 8, 2013 12:16 PM

    His chances of winning the starting job in Miami are just as good as anywhere else in the league. Especially since he already knows the system. Matt probably doesn’t share the same over inflated sense of Ryan Tannehill’s worth that media and fans do.

  31. ccjcsr says: Mar 8, 2013 12:17 PM

    Nothing like securing your future without taking the hits!

  32. TurkeyJoeJones says: Mar 8, 2013 12:21 PM

    Hope he stays with the Phins. However, watch the quarterback depraved Browns offer him 9 or ten million. That is something Banner would be dumb enough to do.

  33. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 8, 2013 12:44 PM

    8 million to carry a clip board is good work if you can get it.

  34. jwcarlson says: Mar 8, 2013 12:47 PM

    To Arizona for a first, a second, and a conditional third. :)

  35. milhousemn says: Mar 8, 2013 12:48 PM

    briang123 says:
    Mar 8, 2013 11:56 AM
    Clearly he is scamming the government by playing in a state with no income tax.

    No STATE income tax. Still gets the pleasure of contributing 30%+ of his earnings to the federal income taxes.

  36. scjohnny says: Mar 8, 2013 12:57 PM

    Smart move by Fins & by Matt…I as a Fin fan am not completely sold on Tannehill,this gives us A guy that can come in & win a few games if needed,and on Moore’s part who the heck would not wanna make 4 mil a year & live in South Florida?

  37. dolphincult says: Mar 8, 2013 1:05 PM

    you guys are fools. Tannehill’s cap number plus moore together is still less than what most starters count against the cap. Tannehill is still unproven in many ways and you now have trade bait moving forward. If you give up Moore, who is your primary backup moving forward? Matt Cassell? there is nothing out there and if Tannehill struggles as a sophmore or is nicked up your season is toast. Im not an Ireland fan but he has had a good week.

  38. laxcoach37 says: Mar 8, 2013 1:23 PM

    Some of you get it… Most of you don’t. $4M for the best backup in football is not a mistake. The average pay is 2.85M to hold a Clipboard. We also pay our Starter nothing compared to other Starters (Rookie Contract) In fact, they have the option of Trading him now and probably will. P.Devlin is a capable backup and they might draft a QB as well with the 10 picks they have.

    The real shame is MM is a classy guy, team player and possibly starting material, but never gets that long term chance to prove. Happy to keep MM, happy to be a Fins Fan. We are doing all the right things so far to get on top and stay there.

  39. smarterfootball says: Mar 8, 2013 1:25 PM

    Before we start talking “cap dollars” can we hear the guaranteed money first?

  40. nfloracle says: Mar 8, 2013 1:26 PM

    Moore’s a terrific competitor who has endured one tough break after another during his career.

    He was brutalized in Carolina during John Fox’s final season, and he got a raw deal in Miami after winning so many games two seasons ago.

    He took it like a man when the Fins drafted and decided to start Tannehill, and he showed once again he was a real team player all of last year.

    The Dolphins are smart to keep him because he can take over if Tannehill goes down or he can be traded if a super deal comes up and he gets a chance to be a starter, which I’m 100% sure he would love to be.

    You guys calling him a dick and loser for taking the money are idiots. He’s doing the smart thing for his future and his family while also leaving a door open to become a starting QB if that opportunity arises.

  41. mrcogburn says: Mar 8, 2013 1:36 PM

    Maybe the Phins paid him because they rememberd it was a backup QB who won most of their games in their undefeated ’72 season, ya think?

  42. Sometimes Interesting says: Mar 8, 2013 3:23 PM

    “troe1967 says: Mar 8, 2013 11:08 AM

    Love reading your posts and keeping up with NFL while living in Holland. One thing about this post I would point out is that even though there is no State Income tax in Florida and he will play half his games there the Tax laws in the States provide for a prorated portion of his salary to be taxed by the various States he will be playing his away games in. This started in the construction business and carries over to pro sports teams. It makes their payrolls some of the most complicated when it comes to tax calculations. In short it will keep more money in his pocket but not all of it.”

    ——————————————————–

    Yeah, no one in the league can get away from that.

    But if you play for a team in a state that doesn’t have income tax, you get 8 game checks state tax-free. That’s 8 more than the other guys get.

  43. thelastpieceofcheese says: Mar 8, 2013 4:18 PM

    Dolphins will have a quarterback controversy.

  44. leoimpr says: Mar 8, 2013 7:43 PM

    I am glad for Matt, finally the Fins do something that make sense. He can start somewhere else but backing up RT is the best for him, he may start soon as I do believe RT is not that good and he is fragile.

  45. dolphins512 says: Mar 8, 2013 8:40 PM

    Great move by the Phins. Moore is likely the best backup in the NFL and I’m glad he is staying with the team.

    A good week with the signing of Hartline as well.

  46. jaylibr87 says: Mar 9, 2013 6:06 AM

    Matt Moore’s a lucky back-up. Who wouldn’t want $8mill. For front row seats at all the Dolphins games?

  47. jaylibr87 says: Mar 9, 2013 6:08 AM

    He would never be a starter. Maybe for the Jets.

  48. randomguy9999 says: Mar 11, 2013 10:12 AM

    Moore played great the year before last and deserved a start.

    Tanny got his start, and while he was OK to good, he’s not a clear franchise guy yet, so it makes sense for the Phins to keep the strongest backup they can

    good move phins

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