The Miami Dolphins have finally signed their quarterback. After being shunned by free agents, Peyton Manning, Matt Flynn and perhaps Alex Smith, the Miami Dolphins reached an agreement on Monday with free agent QB David Garrard. This is likely not the move the Dolphins fanbase was looking for in order to help resurrect the franchise.
Garrard, 34, spent his entire career with the Jacksonville Jaguars prior to being released just days before the start of the 2011 NFL regular season. Garrard sat out the entire 2011 season after undergoing back surgery after his release. In nine seasons with the Jaguars, he has thrown for just over 16,000 total yards, 89 touchdowns and 54 interceptions and compiled an unremarkable 39-37 overall record as a starter.
In an ironic twist, Garrard now joins the Miami Dolphins and the Dolphins starting quarterback at the beginning of last season, Chad Henne, is now a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
This is hardly the move that will generate excitement for the 2012 season. In fact, this move seemed to be one made more out of desperation, one which closes the door on the quarterback signing questions surrounding Miami this offseason, one which has been filled with more than it’s fair share of turmoil.
Currently, Matt Moore and David Garrard are on the roster, but according to Garrard, the Dolphins could add yet another quarterback. Garrard, speaking to reporters, said, “They didn’t say for sure they were bringing another guy in, but they said it’s a possibility, whether in the draft or whatever.”
In addition Dolphins news Monday, Miami released safety Yeremiah Bell in order to create cap space. The move saves the Dolphins a reported $4 million dollars.