The sorted tale of the 2018 Dolphins QB battle remains open ended and unanswered headed into the summer. We have well documented the situation with Ryan Tannehill coming off ACL surgery, the Fins signing Brock Osweiler, unable to draft one of the top QBs last month and now, grabbing Bryce Petty off waivers from the Jets.
However, their best option may be a guy that already knows Adam Gase’s system, that has already been the fill-in starter for the last two years, and is still inexpensively, available. The option? Matt Moore.
Moore was allowed to test free agency in March after his two year $3.5 million dollar deal he signed in 2016 expired. He had been with the Dolphins, as a backup and part time starter, since 2011 and has 11 years of experience. Moore is 33 and has played in nine games, starting six, including the 2017 AFC Wildcard Game loss at Pittsburgh after Tannehill originally hurt the ACL at the end of that season.
He was pressed into duty, again, in 2017 when Jay Cutler was injured in November and played in part or all of four games with a 1-2 record as a starter. He has a recent completion percentage of 62% with 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions, including the playoff game, over the last two years.
Back to Osweiler, as we wrote at the time, he was signed very inexpensively and he too, has been in coach Adam Gase’s system previously in Denver. However, he hasn’t been in the Dolphins system for the last two years and Moore has.
Petty is viewed as a low risk “flier” at this point, as he’s never done much with chances given by the Jets. It’s a fresh start, but a brand new offense for him. Maybe, Petty will show something in training camp and preseason games, and maybe, he won’t.
And then there was this report Thursday from ESPN.com’s NFL Jeremy Fowler who is based in Pittsburgh:
Free agent QB Matt Moore, who had inquiries from Chiefs and Texans early in free agency, is considering waiting until after the season begins to sign anywhere, I'm told, surveying QB landscape to see which team needs help.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) May 17, 2018
The bottom line is Moore is exactly what Miami needs in terms of backup: veteran insurance. And the fact is, he hasn’t been able to find a free agent deal, when players like Chad Henne, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Teddy Bridgewater have. And, if it’s a one year deal like Osweiler’s, it will probably be for the veteran minimum, too.
And, just like August of last year when Tannehill re-injured the knee and they called veteran Jay Cutler, he’s available for the short notice, if needed.
Will he be somewhere else before then, or may Matt Moore be back in Dolphins agua and orange this fall?
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