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So David Garrard saga wasn't about money

There is one side's story. There is the other side's story. And there is the truth.

And, here I am, stuck in the middle with you.

I am the idiot always trying to chase the truth while both sides often run for cover or tell different versions of the same story. Such is the David Garrard saga.

As you know, the common thinking as to why the Dolphins did not land Garrard this week is because they would not guarantee certain portions of his contract or would not meet certain contract requests. This version of the story comes from Garrard's agent who spoke with The Herald, the NFL Network and ESPN and gave that general accounting as the reason his client did not join the Dolphins.

[Update Sunday, Oct. 9: Garrard sure enough echoes these sentiments in an ESPN report meant to respond to this report. (Glad I could set thing in motion for the World Wide Leader). In the report, Garrar is quoted as saying the Dolphins "were not willing to guarantee me the kind of money that reflects a real commitment and what I believe would protect me from being cut twice in one season.]

This version, by the way, enraged Dolphins fans because it made their team look ridiculous. It made the Dolphins seem cheap. It made the Dolphins look like they had thrown in the towel on the 2011 season after losing four games and starting quarterback Chad Henne.

This version, I am now quite certain, is not accurate.

I am hearing from multiple team sources that, in fact, the reason Garrard is not on the Dolphins today has nothing to do with money. I'm told that if Garrard wanted his base salary guaranteed, the Dolphins would have done that. I'm told that although reports are Garrard would have played for $1 million, the club might have gone to three times that amount and "probably" paid it.

I'm told that the reason the Dolphins didn't get Garrard is, in fact, because he simply didn't feel like playing right now. Garrard apparently talked to the team and showed no great desire to play. He is, according to this version of the story, quite content sitting out this season, spending time with his family, and hitting free agency next March.

This version of things is obviously much more logical because it wouldn't make a ton of sense for the Dolphins to balk at paying Garrard $1 million guaranteed when his veteran minimum for signing is $910,000 anyway. I cannot see how any team would refuse to sign a good player because of the prorated portion of $90,000. That just doesn't pass the sniff test.

But here's the thing, neither does it pass muster that Garrard has turned into a total couch potato. So I did a little bit more digging, more pressing. And the next version of the story I was told is ...

Garrard sure enough wasn't all that enthusiastic about playing right now -- but mostly because the team that came calling has such little chance of winning as the 0-4 Dolphins do. If, say, the 3-1 New England Patriots suddenly lost Tom Brady and needed a starting QB, he'd be on a plane in a heartbeat.

[From the ESPN report: Garrard also sounds like a guy that I'm told got on the phone with Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland and himmed and hawed and didn't sound enthusiastic at all about playing in Miami. He speaks of his wife being 13 weeks pregnant (congrats, sir). He wonders if coach Tony Sparano is going to be fired in a couple of weeks. He speaks of not being familiar with a situation in which he comes in cold and is expected to help turn a team around. "I'm one man," he says.]

So yeah, Garrard sounds unenthusiastic about playing with Miami. You simply don't want someone on your team that isn't 100 percent certain he wants to be there -- particularly in these tough times.

So now that covers the gamut of explanations and counter-explanations why Garrard was not signed by the Dolphins this week. I'm not certain which part of all that is really, truly the truth. Again, the folks telling me this stuff don't want to offend each other, don't want to even contradict each other publicly although they do it for a living privately.

I don't care about any of that. I do care about this:

I'm now quite comfortable telling you money was not the reason the Dolphins did not get David Garrard. You can rest easy knowing that your team is not going around like a hobo offering a used toothbrush as payment to quarterbacks wanting million-dollar contracts for their services.

The Dolphins were, in fact, in the game financially on this one had it been a financial issue to overcome. It simply wasn't. At least not exclusively.

That is the truth.


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Was that you admitting your Webb from time to time?? Wow

Damn You!

Great! Garrard didn't want to play for a sucky team.

That's alright, I didn't what his sucky a ss anyway!

Moore Baby!!!!


Can you chime in on this?

I heard TODAY that there is rumor that the NFL knowing that there may be teams out there privately saying to themselves to drop a couple of games come late season so that they can go for Luck.

The rumor also is that the NFL knowing how much a franchise QB like LUCK will supposedly be could have push back throughout the league.

As such, the rumor is that the NFL is looking at imposing the Lottery for the draft so that all the teams or some teams will have an equal opportunity to have a shot at drafting Andrew Luck.

If this plays out and IF the Fins happen to lose enough games to get the #1 pick, the Fins would NOT be automatically able to pick Luck as the lottery system will be play and any other team but the Fins could get the chance at Luck.

I heard this on a Sports Radio station to remain unnamed.

So I am sticking with what another poster wrote some time ago which is.

Sour for COWHER.

Cocky little drama queen. (Garrard I meant Armo...wasn't referring to you...this time. LOL)

You're a professional. Any chance you can go improve you craft and UP YOUR VALUE, you take it. Even if you captain the team and they go 0 & 16, there's enough talent on the team to pad your stats and give you more value at the end of the season. The only risk you take is a career ending injury and that just comes with the job.

On the upside, your value will quadruple if you can help turn this team around and make them contenders. In fact, this is probably the BEST situation for someone to walk into. The Dolphins have some problems, but they also have enough talent to be contenders. There's just a few missing pieces to the puzzle and a few too many coaching snafus day to day. But a solid QB could swing the pendulum in some of these close games and goal line situations. A good QB can re-energize a team that is drained and worn out. One new energized all star could flip the switch and turn the whole season around.

But go ahead prissy, wait for Brady to go down. Here's a little FYI though....Bellachek has a system so perfectly designed that whoever is next on the depth chart will get the call to step in for Tom and the Patriots will still be winning. They won't look outside until their #3 goes down.

Anyway Garrad is a garbage QB, he better apply for pension retired bcuz I doubt some team wants him as starter QB. even as Backup,,,,,

screw him anyway suck for luck will finally replace danny marino in miami!.

NY "G" wrote: "I heard this on a Sports Radio station to remain unnamed."


Why would you chose to keep the station unnamed? Once something airs on any public format, it's open game. Quote your source.

I really doubt there's much to this rumor. Most coaches are playing for their jobs (or next jobs), most players are playing for their stats and their next jobs. Owners may have occasional thoughts or hopes of tanking it but there's way too much downside if they made it policy and the league found out.

Bad teams get worse as the season goes on because Losing creates frustration, lack of motivation and laziness. Look into your own life when you have great plans for something, job or hobby, and it doesn't work out the way you dreamed it. When that alarm goes off, do you go give it all you got?

A lottery draft gives the possibility that powerhouse team become unbeatable. I think the way it is now is best for now.

Just my 2 cent!


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Tony SpOrano has resigned effective immedieately! While his days in Miami were already numbered, he has opted to leave now.

No official announcements have been made by the organization, but reports indicate Jeff Ireland is already digging up a Coach to replace the departed SpOrano.

Anonymous team sources report that the new Coach will be Former Dallas Cowboys Legend Tom Landry.

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moore is gonna ball out!!!

LOL odinseye

I have seen your entries here for sometime and they are truly entertaining but I may have to start referring to you as odinsbrowneye.

So after trashing Miami, you then, days later, tell us the real story, swell. Meanwhile, the lemming fans all march with pitch forks.


I heard the same thing. It is not a rumor. The league is considering that. But it won't happen this year. It would be at the earliest 2013 and I am pretty sure - not positive - owners would have to approve it with a vote.

On a side note, I too can't imagine why you felt the need to hold back the radio station, not that its all that relevant.

@NY "G"

I wouldn't buy it. The NFL is not the league that likes to institute mid-season rule changes or that makes such decisions lightly.

Having a lottery for the draft order of the last 4-6 makes sense. Usually the bottom 6 are equally putrid and are only differentiated by the fact they play in different divisions and have had a few un/lucky bounces.

I would like a draft lottery for the bottom 6.

Chupa did you not know that the NBA is in lockout and there may not be a season? Good luck

F u Garrard! If my Fins get to play against you in the future I really hope they make you pay you snob!!!

If Garrard is hoping to be successful in free agency next year, parachuting into a struggling team in the middle of the season and then stinking out the joint might not be in his best interest. Maybe he's become more fragile with age and is worried about getting injured.

In any case, we don't really need him. It worked out for the best.

Great video clip.

odinsbrowneye is a way better name if everyone doesnt know by now odin's a cross dressing miget

Besides Andrew Luck what about Robert Griffin the 3rd as our draft pick? He's 6'2, 220 and in his season so far in 4 games

93 113 1308 82.3 11.58 66 18 1 7
He is awesome and I think the dolphins could build around him. For his college career his stats are;

602 903 7381 67% 8.17 99 59 12 59
As I said this guy is awesome, and he's a smart winner the dolphins can build around an win for a long time.

I got a fever! And the only prescription.. is more cowbell!

Dear Mr. Salguero

Thanx for the video of Stealers wheel "Stuck in the middle with you" .......most Dolphins fan don't know this but....Mr. Aloco is the guy eating spaghetti in the video....now you see why he's always asking about food.

Soiled :)

Anybody given any thought to Brady Hoke?

He truned around 4 college programs and has Michigan at 4-0.

He has family and Coaching connections from Woody Hates and Bo Schembechler all the way down to Jack, John and Jim Harbaugh.

Other than Bellicheat, he's the only other guy that saw something special in Tom Brady:

From Wiki: While at Michigan, Hoke was assigned to recruit in California. One of the players Hoke recruited to Michigan was Tom Brady. Hoke recalled: "Tom wasn't the greatest athlete, with those skinny legs, but there was something about him."

Hoke is doing a fantastic job at Michigan and I would like him to stay. But as a Dark Horse up and comer, I'd think he has to top Ross' list.

Who would want to play QB for the Dolphins this year? Half the team has already quit. Most of the fans aren't showing up to games and are quietly rooting for the Dolphins to be the worst team in the NFL this year so that they don't stink for the next 10 years.

It's good for both sides that Garrard didn't sign. He can get in a better situation next year and the Dolphins have a better chance at Luck.

0-16, cmon guys make it happen!!!

How can you blame Garrard? He is not exactly desperate for work. Why come in mid season to help a team that has no chance of anything. As mentioned, it can only make him look worse and make it harder for him to get a decent contract next season.

Dear Mr. Salguero

Stealers Wheel

Odinseye - black Les Paul

D.C. Dolphin - Base

Kris - Flat Steel peddle guitar

Devils Advocate - acoustic and lead vocals

Jesus - Drums

Aloco - Spaghetti

BobbyD - Rubber chicken

SoiledBottom - Medical Herbs and other band supplies

Soiled :)

It is against my whole Self to think about losing. I can't do it.

So after trashing Miami, you then, days later, tell us the real story, swell. Meanwhile, the lemming fans all march with pitch forks.

Posted by: Miles Davis | October 07, 2011 at 07:54 PM

That's funny because it's true.

How can you blame Garrard? He is not exactly desperate for work. Why come in mid season to help a team that has no chance of anything. As mentioned, it can only make him look worse and make it harder for him to get a decent contract next season.

Posted by: DevilsAdvocate | October 07, 2011 at 08:44 PM


Why are We regretting the sabotaging of this season? It's for the best. A cleansing if you will! For some of Our better of ethnicities,this is the season. Go Miami Dolphins NOW and FOREVER!

I would not want to play for this team either, David is no dummy.

The thing is, they could have gone for Garrard BEFORE the season started. They had an opportunity. Garrard may have found the opportunity far more appealing at 0-0 as opposed to 0-4 and a now obvious lame duck coach.

They could have kept Moore and signed Garrard and gone with one less 3rd string TE. This is now the second time they have gone into a season unprepared at QB. In 2010, there is no excuse for them not realizing Penne was not ready for prime time.

The organization has quickly become a model of failure, what not to do.

SoiledBottom - Medical Herbs and other band supplies

Soiled :)

Posted by: SoiledBottom | October 07, 2011 at 08:49 PM

Who needs a General Manager when you got a Road Manager named Soiled Bottoms!

garrards agent called him and said garrard a team made an offer , garrad what who yea im ready to play, agent its the dolphins ,garrards said what!!! hell no !!!!

Sorry, Armando, but the Concensus is to not talk only about Football in this Blog but of one more topic, Internet.

It is a clear and present danger for any QB to play for the Dolphins at this moment.

Garrard a 34 year old black QB that has won nothing wants to sit on the couch, when the trend in the NFL right now is to start young QB's out of the draft ? Come on, what a bunch of B.S. Garrard will be lucky to get back in the NFL next year. Also, Armando PFT has this story and they make it sound like Ross owns you. They imply that this story is a plant by the Dolphins.

Has logic, Phin4.

Hey Mando, I have some land I want to sell you. Do you really believe anything out of Jeff Ireland's mouth? Maybe it isn't about money. But even if it isn't --- it is pretty sad Garrad wouldn't want to be a starting QB for this POS team. And who could blame him?

Jeff Ireland is a pathetic GM. It is embarrassing that Stephen Ross hasn't fired him yet.

Until Jeff Ireland is gone, this team remains the laughing stock of the NFL.


Disagree. There are not many QB's with Garrards experience and ability. If anything, at a minimum, he will be seen as one of the better back ups available, and could unseat some starters in this league.


I have come to enjoy your deep and cryptic posts. The way you balance content with brevity, TRULY Tantalyzing!

Let me try:

Sometimes I drink a little.
Sometimes I drink a lot.
I often think of getting stoned.
Especially when I'm not.

Huh? Yeah?

(Oooooooooooo-Stoopid, stoopid, stoopid.....)

Once you establish an identity on Internet, be it through an alias, x-aliases, or your real name, your whole Being is exposed to analysis, forever.

Nah, odin, I understand. I remember that the Cuban government once called "un bloguero cripitico"(a cryptic blogger) as you say I am and I replied to them, "bloguero criptico es la cabeza de la ping- mia"(cryptic blogger is the head of my di-k). Yes.

If they can't draft Luck next yr the other QB that I luv is Kellen Moore. I really he will be great at the next level.

As a minimal example of how we get exposed in Internet take the commentary by Ozkar at 9:07PM today. He states, "a cleansing..... for some of Our better of ethnicities". Right of the cuff, Everybody will think(and Everybody is usually right) this guy is a racist or xenophobic. But the big deal here is that Everybody has infinite Time to analyze Ozkar's comments and, if necessary, then form a more solid opinion about him.

Yeah Oscar, you TOLD them Penchaay's!

I don't like Governments, but I love PEOPLE!

Ben-A-Key Me Casa! Viva La Paaaaaaaaaaarty!!!!

BeyTay MinYana!!!!

I purposely left out the name of the radio station earlier about the Suck for Luck NFL lottery?

Because you all asked... I heard it on 3 stations since Thursday and today, Friday.

I pasted the link for the station that was talking about teams tanking and the NFL Lottery for Andrew Luck.

ESPN The HERD with Rick Reilly

Also on ESPN 104.5 The Team

ESPN's Rick Reilly says NFL teams will tank so they can select Stanford QB Andrew Luck with the first pick in the NFL draft and he expects it to cause controversy late in the season.

Here are the links.



Listen clowns!!!
There 0-4 not 0-8.
Gerrard is a fool. Miami has better weapons on offense then jville did!!
And he is too good to show another team what he can do with a winless team!?!
He will not get a starting job this year or next.
Not with all the rookies performing!!!
I say screw him. He wouldn't have put up any better numbers than Pat White

I have to laugh in Spanish, odin. JAJA!

I would not want to be associated in the Top 10 worst NFL teams , so who can blame Garrard... This way the Dolphins can beat their old record 1-15, is too bad that the Trifecta really ***cks at putting together a rotten groceries and that's why not that many people are willing to eat their FOOD ..

He states, "a cleansing..... for some of Our better of ethnicities".

Posted by: oscar canosa | October 07, 2011 at 10:15 PM

Indeed Osacar, this particular sentence seemed to jump right of off the page.

I don't think it's wrong to judge people. But you must remember, through the eye of which you judge, so too shall you be.

-Norseology 101-

NY "G", and the League is allowing this?

Folks, how hard can it be to believe that David Garrard has a well-balanced life, an awareness that he's set financially, and will have no regrets whatsoever if he never plays another down in the NFL?

Face it. We live vicariously though these guys, and just assume that anyone would have to be out of his mind to give up the limelight and the bucks--just because that's not something we would do voluntarily. We're certainly not alone, as that attitude is shared by probably the majority of NFL players.

As an East Carolina graduate, I've followed David Garrard since he was in high school. I've witnessed his football successes and failures, as well as his personal tribulations. It's against that backdrop that I have full confidence he'll live comfortably with whatever happens.

Don't worry--I'm pretty sure he doesn't care what anyone out here thinks about him one way or the other.

Random Thoughts...

How is that "Let's give Henne one more year" mantra working out for the current regime/Henne supporters??? Wasted year like myself and others suggested in the offseason due to odd mgmt moves.

NOT grabbing an accomplished veteran QB like Hasselbeck to usher in a REAL QB competition is another hanging crime...dat's on you Ireland!

The season will mercifully end sometime.

We will have a top 4-6 draft pick slot in tow for 2012. Might even have the number one overall if DEF stays adrift.

To me, only a couple of Fins really matter if they are on the team and that is scary.

Most any player should have a "For Sale" for the right price sign around his neck.

I hear ya Roe Blunt. As I mentioned in a prior post a few blog entries back I think that QB Robert Griffin III will make some team a VERY excellent draft pick.

He has a total package thing going on. The #1 best thing about his game (and it's the same for ANY successful NFL QB) is ACCURACY and that kid has it in spades! He can throw on the run as well. He can gash a DEF with his legs too. This opens up the QB rollout, waggles, bootlegs, QB draws and could make for some creative trick plays as well. The athletic QB can "Buy Time" to help the OL out as well.

I HATE the lotto style draft. TOTAL RANDOM LUCK hosing the mathatically worst teams makes no sense to me. If a team wants to try to tank in plain sight it will have it's own fanbase to deal with.

With parity as close as it's ever been, the NFL Draft STILL being a very inexact science with hits and misses in every round. There is no need for a Draft Lotto. Even with all the "hoopla" around Luck he could bust out or even simply just getting hurt. With QB prospects like Ok's Landry Jones, USC's Matt Barkley, Baylor's Robert Griffin III, Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill or SDSU's Ryan Lindley. There are some serious NFL caliber prospects in the 2012 draft.

If we don't land Luck, it's not the end of the world by any means. He is the cherry on the cake now...Let's see how the process plays out and he keeps all the momentum throughout the draft process/allstar games/combine etc.


oscar canosa,

I heard it on the radio shows at ESPN. I posted the link and you can listen. It didnt say that the NFL will allow this or not only about the tanking and the NFL lottery talk. There was a third radio show, perhaps I heard that on the Mike and Mike but I'm not 100% sure on that.

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