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Matt Moore staying with the Dolphins to be a backup


The Dolphins are working quickly to keep the pieces they want before the market opens, and apparently just did another bit of good business.

According to Jeff Darlington of, the Dolphins have reached a deal to keep quarterback Matt Moore.

That gives the Dolphins a better-than-solid option behind starter Ryan Tannehill, as Moore has piloted the team through rough stretches before being replaced by the first-round draft pick. And it almost suggests that someone might have communicated to him that there wasn’t a starting job out there for him, though tampering doesn’t start until midnight which would make that illegal.

Along with the re-signing of wide receiver Brian Hartline, it gives the Dolphins a few good components, to go with the expected splash free agent receiver that the world expects them to bring in.

UPDATE 10:31 a.m. ET: Darlington updated his report, saying it’s a two-year deal worth $8 million. That’s premium backup money.

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21 Responses to “Matt Moore staying with the Dolphins to be a backup”
  1. blitz87 says: Mar 8, 2013 8:53 AM

    Awesome team player. There are at least a few teams out there that he could start for.

  2. blacknole08 says: Mar 8, 2013 8:53 AM

    As a Panthers fan, I was open to having him return to Carolina to back up Newton. Had he waited though he might have had a legit shot at being the #1 guy somewhere else. Staying in Miami though isn’t a bad consolation.

    Anywho, good luck to him.

  3. nflintheuk says: Mar 8, 2013 9:05 AM

    Better starter than 9 teams have I’d say. But he’s in that nasty position where teams won’t sign him to start for them as teams would rather try to sign someone with some boom, mostly bust, possibilities. They feel confident Moore won’t ever be their guy and would rather try their luck on someone like EJM

  4. kane337 says: Mar 8, 2013 9:08 AM

    Good signing.

  5. thegregwitul says: Mar 8, 2013 9:10 AM

    He’s basically Ryan Fitzpatrick with a better arm; a player who can step in for the short term to win some games but likely won’t ever be the guy to lead a team to the postseason if forced into a long term starting job.

    He probably received 1/10th of the idiotic contract Fitz signed a couple years back, so all in all a good signing for Miami as it gives them depth at QB, which is always important.

  6. basexc9 says: Mar 8, 2013 9:11 AM

    Wow did not see this coming! Great re-sign. If Tannehill goes down you have to be happy with Moore backing up.

  7. dulz26 says: Mar 8, 2013 9:20 AM

    Good move, solid back up to keep RT on the learning curve. An excellent trade material in the future as well.

  8. larryboodry says: Mar 8, 2013 9:21 AM

    Good move by the ‘Phins, but sadly I can now quit picturing him as Jay’s backup in Chicago.

  9. CKL says: Mar 8, 2013 9:23 AM

    I’ve liked the kid since he was a JR in college. Thought he could be a starter, but it looks like he knows and has accepted he’s a great backup. He has a great personality for it too, very laid back and easy going.

  10. rboutote says: Mar 8, 2013 9:24 AM

    Guess he wasn’t ready to leave South Beach

  11. dbones750 says: Mar 8, 2013 9:27 AM

    Dang, I was hoping that’d be David Garrard’s job.

  12. tnoc2 says: Mar 8, 2013 9:29 AM

    Very underestimated move…Matt Moore may seem unorthodox when he plays, but it gives all Dolphin fans some peace of mind knowing we aren’t doomed if our QB goes down to injury. I was at the Miami Jet game when Tannehill went down early, and could happily say “thank god we’ve got Matt Moore!”

  13. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Mar 8, 2013 9:29 AM

    High quality insurance right there.

  14. mrphelps01 says: Mar 8, 2013 9:47 AM

    Maybe I’m the only one, but I thought Tannehill’s first year was overrated. Never went to his second read and could only make plays out of the pocket. We’ll see what year two brings…

  15. bouchez9393 says: Mar 8, 2013 9:59 AM

    Who cares, you’re talking about the back up QB of the Dolphins! It doesn’t matter who throws the ball on that team, they have no one to throw it to, and they stink! They just paid $6 million a year for Brian freakin’ Hartline! This organization is a joke! Thank god the jets are in thier division, otherwise they would be the laughing stock of the AFC East if they aren’t already!

  16. helixir1 says: Mar 8, 2013 10:31 AM

    “Maybe I’m the only one, but I thought Tannehill’s first year was overrated. Never went to his second read and could only make plays out of the pocket. We’ll see what year two brings…” I agree with you and will take it a step farther to say that I think Moore should have started. My advice to Moore is take pleasure in knowing that when you retire your body won’t be broken up and you might have a brain that will last you for a while.

  17. newkirk850 says: Mar 8, 2013 11:30 AM

    Smart move. Plenty of teams would kill to have a good backup. Now let’s see what the phins do now.

  18. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: Mar 8, 2013 12:53 PM

    I don’t get it. Two years ago Moore finished the season strong as a starter, winning games, making all the throws, 2 minute drill, the works.

    Next year, they take a run at Payton Manning, Alex Smith, and Matt “Career Backup” Flynn, bring in David Garrard, declare “open competition”, and try to trade Moore for a stick of gum. And then in the draft, they reach for Tannehill to be the frachise QB.

    Now, two years later, after making every possible move in the other direction short of waiving the guy, they pay him Matt Flynn money to hold a clipboard in case Tannehill gets hurt.

    This is just more proof to me that your front office is out of their collective freaking mind.

  19. Al in NJ says: Mar 8, 2013 1:04 PM

    I guess Matt Moore finally realized he was never going to be a starter elsewhere and settled for slightly less money to stay in a comfortable place (Miami). The length of the contract may be another factor. If he gets 2 years, then it means he’s willing to learn behind Philbin & Sherman to make himself more marketable as plug starter at age 30-31 (he’s 28 now).

  20. Sometimes Interesting says: Mar 8, 2013 3:10 PM

    Smart for Moore and Dolphins.

    Great fit for both sides, and sometimes that’s worth it regardless of price.

  21. thelastpieceofcheese says: Mar 8, 2013 4:13 PM

    Moore will get a lot of playing time next year…running out the clock on clinched Dolphin wins.

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