CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora is reporting the Dolphins are in talks to move last season’s starter, Matt Moore, to another team. The Arizona Cardinals and the Green Bay Packers are rumored to be the two main teams involved in these discussions.
The Green Bay Packers said goodbye to Matt Flynn after 4 years of serving as Aaron Rodgers backup. In his place the Packers placed Graham Harrell, hoping the two year practice squad QB could hold down the number two spot. Unfortunately Harrell had a spotty preseason, although he closed out strong against the Kansas City Chiefs, throwing for over 220 yards and scoring 2 touchdowns. It was a Bloody Friday saving performance considering those numbers equal what he did in the first two preseason games combined. Adding a steady veteran like Moore to the roster would cause many people to sigh with relief.
The Arizona Cardinals need another mid level quarterback like the state needs another immigration law, they already have two too many, and none of them do what they were signed to do. Sad attempts at humor aside, the Cardinals are already in the midst of a quarterback controversy, and adding Matt Moore to their roster seems like it does little to help clear the confusion. Then again, if the Cards were to trade for Moore, and then release one of their incumbent starters, the controversy would be over, at least until the remaining starter stunk it up, and the fans started clamoring for Moore. Then we would have a new quarterback controversy swirling about the ridiculously hot Arizona air.
Although no one would have thought this possible at the end of last season, it has become clear the Dolphins are ready to move in another direction. Moore took over for an injured Chad Henne part way through last season, and was 6-3 in his last 9 starts.
Whatever team is able to work out a deal with the Dolphins, they will be getting a consummate professional and a highly capable backup. Moore’s reaction to loosing his position to rookie QB Ryan Tannehill was documented and displayed by HBO’s Hard Knocks: Training Camp With The Miami Dolphins, and I could not imagine it being handled in a more professional manner.
The NFL Rumors have Moore being moved by Monday, and by all accounts, the rumors will likely prove true.
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