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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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Why else would anybody draft Pat White in the 2nd. Now it is all clear.Parcell was a saboteur. How much did he get from the Jets to come to Miami and con Heizinger. Wayne thought he was turning the franchise over to John Wayne; in essence was sinking the Titanic.

Ireland is turning out to be the real thing as GM. My opinion.

Henne's up until the first quarter of his 4th year is hardly impressive. Not only did he have more interceptions than his predecessors, he only connected on one long pass. One. Only one. And never again. That was when Ginn beat Revis. Henne is about 1 for 99 on the long balls. No way to blame anyone but Henne. Nice guy, but nice guys finish last, as Tony is learning very fast.

AJ Edds Never played even 1 down in regular season for us.

I understand AJ Edds is working a regimen of throat exercises so that he can help out in closed door defense meetings.
Good luck AJ!

Edds hasn't played a down for anybody. Another dumb pick.

I liked Edds. Tough farm boy. May not have had all the stars, but he was a football player. I like football players,even if they don't test out.

PriceMaster has added a new phrase to his vocabulary - throat exercises. Now he has:

Back door
Ho-mo
Throat exercises

That guy sure is possessed with queer thoughts.

How is it that every NFL team has at least one guy on it with a sprained anus?

Now I know why my finger smells like old cheese.

One of the ways I give back is by enriching the lives of college students.

These days many of them show up on campus curious. Still others become curious as the semester wears on and it gets dark earlier and colder.

Almost every college student in America, male or female, is willing to take it up the ass. Not because they crave a broomstick inside them but because they dislike tension so much that are just willing to take it on board to smooth it out for eveyone else.

That's where I come in.
Father figure.
Successful in business.
Above average in width.
Long.
They find comfort in me bacause I know every thought that fires in thier brain even before it fires. They know that when I hold them by the hips, and move forward into them, thickly and slowly, that I own them and thier future.
And they're fine with that.

Nothing like watching the opening kick off with a fresh warm load in your mouth. Try it.

OK PM. I see you. I have a daughter. I have taught her well. I know there are others that lie prey to you. I only pray that I find you in my sites some day.

I may have already had her. Don't let her fool you. They love it.

I understand the desires of the human flesh all so well, but you are all so obvious that a child can see through you.

Don't let there sweet innocence fool you once they are over 13. Check the national stats. Biology is powerful. :p

I don't fear for my daughter. My concernn is for the children who are not informed. I wish I could meet with you. I don't like you. Name a place.

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RIP-Al Davis.

Have to agree with Kris, south Florida, the Herald and their Pre dominant enthnicitity are a bunch od sick FVCKS!!!! I hope an earthquake swallows up you sickos, god knows you all swallow enough on your own!

Happy Leif Erikson Day-Ben-Gay-Hoes!!!!

Whatever the reason Garrard is not with the dolphins is irrelevant. He was not the solution for any of the big current troubles of this team (namely Ireland and Sparano) nor the solution for any future with this team.

As concerns that rumor with the lottery for the 1st round pick, that is preposterous. The NFL would never admit that such unethic behaviour would be possible in this league. Therefore such a measure is not conceivable for the next draft. In any case, the NFL would establish such a rule one or two seasons in advance to prevent such conduct but not the next one. Such a rumor is as vague as the one in which the teams will allow defeats to get the 1st overall pick. Simply because the players themselves of the worst teams give a damm about Luck or any other player.
It is just us fans who care that much. I really hope that the Dolphins get Luck or the best available QB in the draft. However, I don't think Marshall, Bush, Long or any other player are concerned about that at this time. Their reputation is in jeopardy.

The team will never suck for Luck. And if they can win 6 games they will try to. Matt Moore and Jason Taylor and a host of others for their own reasons will be playing to win every game they can.

Unfortunately this team has too much raw talent to have the worse record in the NFL. Its not like the 1-15 team at all.

armando,

love your writing most of the time and listen long distance via my iphone app to you and the big O....but the Garrard article is being called out again by david himself and on nfl.com. again he states same as he said originally and now takes offense to your article without mentioning you.

me at age 56 and a lifelong dolphan thinks that my team/organization and the people running it are the liars here. at the moment they have more to lose and it would suprise me in the least. and i have no bone to pick with team as i know where we are and said to say i would trade them now for the Fiedler days.....

go 0-16 and secure Andrew Luck! Morono better not screw this up!!!

YEAH! AND THE YANKEES MADE THE BEST OFFER TO CLIFF LEE BUT IT WAS #/5 MILLION A YEAR LESS THAN THE PHILLIES PAID! OPEN YOUR EYES ATMANDO! YOU ARE BEING BS'D AND YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW IT.

Yes it even worse nobody wants to play for the Dolphins.

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