The Miami Dolphins have made a few roster moves within the past 24 hours. The signing of QB Brady Quinn to a short-term deal led to the end of the Pat Devlin experiment in Miami as the team has waived the injured third-stringer to make room for Quinn.
Quinn, a former first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns, was thought to be Miami’s first-round pick back in 2007, but the team opted to select WR Ted Ginn Jr. with the No. 9 overall pick in the first round instead. Quinn was selected with the No. 22 overall pick by Cleveland and has been an NFL journeyman ever since being labeled a “bust” shortly after entering the league.
Miami had previously worked out Quinn alongside two other veterans in John Skelton and Rex Grossman, but decided to sign Quinn. He now has a chance to provide depth behind QB Ryan Tannehill, especially with the recent nagging injury to Tannehill’s backup, Matt Moore.
Quinn and Moore will battle for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart with the loser of that battle likely being released, or in Moore’s case, traded (Houston Texans?).
Neither player really possesses the upside the team is surely looking for behind Tannehill, but both players do have the ability to step in if need be to lead Miami’s offense if Tannehill were to go down for a significant amount of time. Quinn’s career statistics do not really jump off the page, only completing 53.8 percent of his passes and a 12-to-17 touchdown to interception ratio.
Moore, on the other hand, has only completed 58.9 percent of his pass attempts throughout his career and owns a much better 33-to-28 touchdown to interception ratio.
Quinn will turn 30 years old this season, while Moore will turn 31 years old shortly after. Both players are quite close in age and experience, but I think it would be a shock to see Miami cut Moore in favor of Quinn due to Quinn’s inability to successfully lead an offense.
That being said, it does open the possibility to trade Moore if Quinn produces this preseason and looks like a capable backup to Tannehill. Moore’s salary is something Miami would surely love to get off their books, but cutting the former savior would be a tall task. A team such as the Texans could be interested in Moore due to his ability to be a great stopgap quarterback, allowing rookie Tom Savage to progress and develop slowly under Moore’s wing.
As for Devlin, his time in Miami is up after three seasons. Devlin has the size NFL teams want in their quarterbacks, but he lacks the physical tools to be anything more than a backup or even No. 3 guy at this point in his career. Miami felt Devlin was expendable due to the good performance young Seth Lobato put on display in the preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons. While he could end up elsewhere in the league, it’s likely that both you and I have heard the last from Devlin at the professional level.
Keep an eye out for Quinn in a Miami uniform this Saturday night as Miami visits the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 7:30 p.m. EST.