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NFL Rumors: David Garrard, Jake Delhomme Speculated as Possible Dolphins Backups

Jaguars quarterback David Garrard in the pocket during the NFL match up between the Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Florida on December 3, 2006. (Photo by Allen Kee/Getty Images)
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Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIOctober 5, 2011

This has gone from bad to worse for the Miami Dolphins.

Their head coach is on the hot seat, they play in arguably the hardest division in the NFL and now their starting quarterback may be facing significant time on the sidelines with a shoulder injury.

Chad Henne came into 2011 to the fanfare of controversy. Many didn't think he was the guy for the job, but in the same breath they could agree that the Dolphins didn't have many better options.

Backup Matt Moore has shown promise at times, but the very fact that he couldn't beat Henne out points to the inadequacies within his game as well.

To put it lightly, the Dolphins didn't have a quarterback controversy to be envious of.

Like I said, things are going from bad to worse for the Dolphins.

Quarterback is the most integral position on the field, and that is something the Dolphins and their fans know well, but right now they are facing more questions than answers under center.

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 2:   Quarterback Chad Henne #7 of Miami Dolphins walks off the field in pain with an injury against the San Diego Chargers during the first half of their NFL Game on October 2, 2011 at Qualcomm Stadium in San DIego, California. (Ph
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According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the organization is asking Henne to get a second opinion on his shoulder, which is right now diagnosed as a separation in the non-throwing shoulder.

The Dolphins are apparently questioning whether or not the shoulder needs surgery, and that is what they are hoping the second opinion will clear up.

In the meantime, it looks like Matt Moore is going to get the call under center.

While this is a great opportunity for Moore to step up and prove his worth, the Dolphins are still looking for a veteran backup, according to Jackson's article:

Meanwhile, the Dolphins spent Tuesday searching for a veteran quarterback to supplement Matt Moore, who is in position to start the Dolphins’ next game, Oct. 17, at the Jets.

Former Jaguars starter David Garrard and former NFL starter Jake Delhomme rejected initial overtures because the Dolphins were unwilling to guarantee their salary for the entire season.

Delhomme’s agent said his client will not be joining the Dolphins, but Garrard’s agent said Tuesday afternoon that “everyone is still open to the possibility.” But the Dolphins would need to guarantee Garrard’s contract and make him feel he was more than a stopgap.

Other veteran free agent quarterbacks available include Brodie Croyle, Trent Edwards, Todd Collins, Chris Simms, Kellen Clemens, Drew Stanton, Troy Smith, Charlie Frye, Brian Brohm, Patrick Ramsey, Jim Sorgi, Josh McCown and J.T. O’Sullivan.

If the Dolphins were truly interested in a backup, I believe Garrard would have to be the guy.

He's proven that he has the capability to be a starting quarterback in the NFL, and even though he's dropped off a bit, he still may be a better presence under center than any of the other options.

Nothing is for certain yet, but the one thing that we do know is that the Dolphins desperately need to get their quarterback situation in order, whether it's Moore, a free agent backup or Henne once healthy.

They need to figure something out and figure it out fast.

The problem is, even that may not be enough to salvage this young season.

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