What We Learned from David Garrard's Release, Miami Dolphins' Handling of QBs
All offseason long, the Miami Dolphins quarterback position has been in flux.
Just got a text from David Garrard that he is being released from Fins today— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) September 4, 2012
For the past month, we have known that whoever the Dolphins kept would be the backup to Ryan Tannehill, the team's first-round draft pick from April.
But here are some other things we learned along the way.
David Garrard is Not a Viable Starting Option at This Point
At this point, it's unclear whether or not Garrard will get back to his old form.
He was never a dominant quarterback, but he was at least serviceable for the Jaguars. Then suddenly, he became expendable when the team drafted Blaine Gabbert. He suffered the same fate in Miami; where it once appeared he might be crowned the starting quarterback, it was his body that was his undoing this time around.
In the end, it turned out he was just keeping the seat warm for Tannehill to take the throne.
Were it not for his injury, there might be plenty of opportunities for him elsewhere. Unfortunately, though, the market may be tough to an injured-but-healing quarterback whose best days may be behind him.
The Dolphins Were Unable to Get Good Value for Matt Moore
Whatever the case(s), it's clear now that the Dolphins didn't get any offers close to what they think would be good value for their backup quarterback.
It wouldn't be the first time someone low-balled general manager Jeff Ireland. We don't know exactly what was offered, but whatever it was, that indicates that the Dolphins' perception of Moore's value is higher than the league's perception of the same.
At Least They Have a Solid Backup Option if Ryan Tannehill Goes Down
Did the Dolphins make the right call cutting David Garrard?
Even for the months of drama, speculation and indecision, this is a good dilemma to have. Too many quarterbacks to choose from is far better than too few.
Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained firsthand.
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