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Salary cap, circumstances may force Garrard exit

You already know what the Dolphins are planning to do with Ryan Tannehill so that's yesterday's news. But the question now becomes what the team will do with its remaining quarterbacks.

Will the team keep all four -- Tannehill, David Garrard, Matt Moore and Pat Devlin -- or will someone have to go?

It must be said that Miami could very well keep all four, assuming all the pieces fall into place. Those pieces include Garrard accepting a backup role, Garrard getting healthy, Pat Devlin going to practice squad and no other team offering a trade for either Garrard or Moore.

But logic, financial ramifications and circumstances may lead the Dolphins to jettison one of the two veterans.

Let us examine the scenario.

First, accept the fact Joe Philbin and his staff are comfortable with three quarterbacks. He has said as much so I take him at his word. Also accept the fact the Dolphins are in a relatively awful salary cap situation.

How awful?

The Dolphins are in the bottom five NFL teams on cap space. The club's cap space hovers between $2 million and $2.31 million, depending on the week. Last week, that was third-worst in the NFL with only the Steelers and Lions having less cap space than the Dolphins.

Now, how a team without a proven franchise quarterback and a lack of bigtime playmakers can find itself in such a compromising cap situation, I haven't the answer. But that doesn't change the facts.

Understanding Miami's tough cap situation, you now understand one reason why Jake Long's much-anticipated contract extension hasn't been signed. And you hopefully understand that some of the roster decisions the team is about to make may be driven, at least in part, based on salaries.

Said another way, if the team can decide between two relatively equal players and one is making considerably less than the other, the more expensive guy is more likely to go.

That brings us to Moore and Garrard. Keeping both is a salary cap luxury. Moore is scheduled to make $2.25 million in base salary this year. Garrard is scheduled to make $2.75 million in base salary. Cutting or trading one would make sense. The Dolphins would lower the price they're paying for backup quarterbacks, which now promises to be at a relatively expensive $6.5 million in salary cap space for both players.

Most teams allocate anywhere between $3-$5 million in cap space for the backup quarterback. So you see the Dolphins are way above that.

And how does the team get down to a more acceptable number if it is looking to clear some cap space? It either cuts, trades or in Garrard's case perhaps negotiates an injury settlement, with one of the players.

Where would that leave the Dolphins?

With one veteran backup and a developmental player (Devlin) either on the roster or more likely on the practice squad. (Devlin is eligible for the practice squad.)

So which backup would the Dolphins prefer?

Moore.

He is healthy. He is good in the locker room and in the quarterback room. He is accepting of the fact he has lost the quarterback competition to Ryan Tannehill even while he feels "frustrated" that he didn't play better this training camp and preseason.

Moore also has a history of having helped the Dolphins to a 6-3 finish last season as the step-in starter once Chad Henne was injured.

Why not Garrard?

He's injured. He's not going to be ready for the start of the season. He's the more expensive player. And there is a question of how accepting he would be of being the backup, given that he was the starter when he got hurt and his stated goal is to once again start in the NFL.

With Garrard, the Dolphins also have to consider that he is developing something of an injury history and reputation. He was out all of last year because of a back injury. While he says that is completely well, he hasn't taken a hit since then so questions remain. And even without taking a hit, Garrard injured his knee. He's also not exactly ahead of schedule on his rehabilitation.

All of this raises questions as to how long Garrard could hold down the proverbial fort if, say, Tannehill is injured or benched and the backup must play for extended weeks.

So while a healthy Garrard may be a better quarterback than Moore, he's not necessarily the better option to be kept now.

One more thing: This all would all have to play out before the first week of the season. That's the timetable because as vested veterans, both Garrard and Moore will have their full base salaries guaranteed for the year if they're on the roster for the start of the first regular-season week.

Speaking of salary cap space, check out the numbers below that show the bottom 10 NFL teams. They are from last week, which were the latest numbers available to me.

32) Steelers: $2.16 M 

31) Lions: $2.19 M 

30) Dolphins: $2.31 M 

29) Chargers: $2.87 M 

28) Falcons: $2.93 M 

27) Rams: $2.94 M 

26) Ravens $3.123 M

25) Giants: $3.125 M 

24) 49ers: $3.24 M 

23) Texans: $3.30 M 

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Mando says he doesn't have the answer why the Dolphins have so little cap space with a rookie QB and mediocre players, I know why, Jeff Ireland.

if i was miami id deal for jones drew. let bush walk drew wants to be dealt

So Someone(Odin) is right, Someone(Monkey Boy) likes to Stare at Bulges.

Dang, Oscar Staring at ur own son's penis. Ur Sick, U need help

Hate to see if U had a little girl.

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Again, The Fix Was In

T-Hill was in the fold from the Start.

Right Now we have the 2nd best Qb in the Division. Yeah, T-Hill is better than both Jets Qb and Fitzgerald in Buffalo.

Did Gabbert have Wr's last year?

The Fins need to give the rookies a try. Get rid of Flatline and Naanee and go With the Young Guys. Hopefully 1 or 2 of those guys can stick for next year.

Hey, all the Tardo's who keep calling Ross Cheap......

I wunder how, why, duh, we have no cap cash?

Why we can't have room? Diiiiiiiiiiiiir?

Why we don't sign big expensive lottsa money guys?
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If Ross is so cheap you fvcking Einsteins, why are we cap strapped?

Duh! I think that means you Dolts are batting .000. When it comes to making any type of sense whatsoever, ya'll are BANKRUPT-LOL.

Now please just Shush-Up and let the Grown Folks talk.

-Odin- ;)


I only post under Odin-PERIOD!

Posted by: Coalition To Get Coalition Out Of The Closet | August 20, 2012 at 05:49 PM


Say what?

He's so stoopid. If he would just come clean and post with us under one name.....

Posted by: Coalition To Get Coalition Out Of The Closet | August 19, 2012 at 03:42 AM
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And so why don't you do the same?
Posted by: Kettle | August 21, 2012 at 08:13 PM
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Some people strike Gold!

Odin..........Strikes a Nerve!

ROTFLMAO - Pow-Pow Mutha Fvcka!

If the Truth Hurts and you don't like your Life..............Change **IT**.........NOT your sign in names ;)

Now go brush the Stank outcha Mouf, Bu-oy!

YG KRIS DARRYL FIN4 - IS THIS THE KIND OF PERSON YOU GET THRILLS TALKING TO? THIS DISGUSTING DEGENERAT POLLUTION? CAN YOUR SELF ESTEEM BE THAT LOW? SEE BELOW.
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Pow-Pow Mutha Fvcka!

Now go brush the Stank outcha Mouf, Bu-oy!
Posted by: Coalition To Get Coalition Out Of The Closet

I only post under Odin-PERIOD!
Posted by: Coalition To Get Coalition Out Of The Closet | August 20, 2012 at 05:49 PM

Say what?

Posted by: Huh? | August 21, 2012 at 08:33 PM

-Come on Dorothy, you can keep clicking them heels and still find yourself face down and butt up in a stall at the Rainbow Room!

Why are you getting this offended? I mean, come on, you busted yo-self yesterday.......and the day before......and the day before.....etc, etc.

Dashi, did this fool bust himself?

You know I ONLY use Odin and that's all there is too it Chaquita.

If you don't like the way lifes treating you, do something about it. Here's and idea:

Get off the Meth, get up off your knees and TRY to pat attention PLEASE!

Odin Strikes a Nerve! Pow-Pow Mutha Fvcka!!!!

-Odin- ;)

A persons dialect, slang, and general language usage is a direct reflection of their own interests. So, take for example blogger who every single day talks about meth and gay people, well those would be clue's as to this persons interest.

I know how MIA got into the cap space predicament with no franchise QB or playmakers. In a word: IRELAND!

I only post under Odin-PERIOD!
Posted by: Coalition To Get Coalition Out Of The Closet | August 20, 2012 at 05:49 PM

Say what?

Posted by: Huh? | August 21, 2012 at 08:33 PM

-Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! I get it....I get it.

I DID strike a nerve. Monkey Boy is upset because my sign in name keeps exposing him.

1. Well Fella, you should be proud of who you are to begin with. Regardless, come own out dat closet Chaquita Boy! YOU can DO IT!

2. I ONLY use this **Byline** because you were impostoring me so bad. Come on now He/She......**YOU** made your bed now Lie in It..........Face Down and Butt Up!

Bam-Bam.......Pow Pow!

-Odin- ;)

I wanna be like odin.

Starting Tannehill will put us in position to draft Barkley next year if he's no good. Its not a bad plan.

YG KRIS DARRYL FIN4 - IS THIS THE KIND OF PERSON YOU GET THRILLS TALKING TO? THIS DISGUSTING DEGENERAT POLLUTION? CAN YOUR SELF ESTEEM BE THAT LOW? SEE BELOW.
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Pow-Pow Mutha Fvcka!
Now go brush the Stank outcha Mouf, Bu-oy!
Posted by: Coalition To Get Coalition Out Of The Closet

Posted by: Don't Litter | August 21, 2012 at 08:43 PM

Awwwwwwwwwwww..........isn't that cute. I wasn't here for three minutes and you attack me with your lies and insinuations(check the time stamp above).

But din you fin ta cry to all the guys you Fvck with? You poosy a ss be-atch. I'd slap the snot out of sniveling punks like you for real!

You start your shyt and the go sniveling to the "Guys" when you get a taste of your own medicine. TRULY and by DEFINITION, you are one Punk A ss Be-atch!

Dish it out, but you can't take it? You attacked me Poosy Chaquita He/She-ROTFLMAO!

I have NO PROBLEMS with people being Gay or whatever the politically correct word is. I have a PROBLEM with Low Life scum sucking Be-atches that wanna Fvck with everyone and then cry when they get it put back own em!

That would be your MO. Now, like I said: Pow-Pow Be-atch!

My younger son seems to be developing an arm down there equal or maybe larger than my older son has. Unfortunate for him, and me. I will start getting many complaints about him. Like this one from a young black girl in DR, - Este blanco acabo conmigo. Liste, Papa', dont bring him around hesere anymore -.

Ross is a cheap SOB. He's hired the cheapest GM and HC money can buy. Heck, he didnt even want to Tannehill.

If Ross knew he wasnt gonna get Cowher or Fisher, he would've kept Sparano.

YG KRIS DARRYL FIN4 - IS THIS THE KIND OF PERSON YOU GET THRILLS TALKING TO?
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PS: I treat these guys above with respect and admirartion.

You know, cause they don't don't Fvck with everyone, Impostor everyone, ruin the blog and cry like a little be-atch.........ALL under a fake name of course.

I came on today for the first time......THE FIRST TIME..........I wasn't talking to you or about you. It took you all of 3 minutes to start with me-WTF?

So right off the bat, you dry your eyes, slap on some vagisil and think twice beofre attacking me with your lies and insinuations.

ROTFLMAO, gonna CRY to the Guys?

Bhwaaaaaaaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaaaaaa!

It took you all of 3 minutes to start up with me, punk. So quit whinning and live with it. Fvcker thinks he's gonna dish it, but OF COURSE, in true Be-atch style, not gonna have to take it. WHAAAAAAAAAAAT-LOL?

PSS: Be careful.......the Vagisil will smear your lipstick if your not careful ;)

Whaaaaaaaaaaa-Whimper-Whiiiiiiiiiiiine!

Nah, don't waste your time with YG et al, odin, they all have a small dic-.

THE DICTATOR...is the FUNNIEST movier i have seen in a long time..

I just ran it back...gonna watch it for a 2nd time...in a row...

if i was miami id deal for jones drew. let bush walk drew wants to be dealt
Posted by: bill connors | August 21, 2012 at 08:15 PM

Bush is a workhorse, about the only one we have on our team apparently as everyone shows up out of shape. The second I heard we got bush I was livid and disappointed but boy was I wrong. He turned out to be an awesome addition, a 6th and Amaya for Bush? That's a steal. I'd love MJD don't get me wrong, but RB is the least of our worries right now. I'll stick with bush, Thomas, and miller....I'd rather save the high draft pick and the money and get a WR

Fools be trippin big time up in this piece.
Now you got what a chinaman callin me stupid? Yo I stopped by to give y'all big ups and say stop complainin now you got a chinaman insultin me?
If I wasn't high like a mf I'd come down there yo.

Bottoms Up!

Funny to hear guys still saying good things about Mallett and still beating that old 'we could have had Mallett' drum. greg z, you obviously didn't watch the Patriots game last night but 10-20 for 105 yards isn't very good in my books....or anyone's books for that matter. Two years into the league and Mallett still can't beat Hoyer out as a back-up in NE. Yeah, I'm really sad we didn't draft this guy.

If you keep on saying Bottoms Up!, some of these here bugarr---- might take you up on your offer.

"This team stinks"......Reggie Bush coming to the Fins from the New Orleans Saints LOL

That's it! I'm out!

I wanted to talk about how we haven't even had a starting QB pegged. About how we haven't had our starting D on the field. About how meaningless Pre-Season games are.......without game planning or scheming.

Mostly how we've been working on offensive and defenseive installs moreso than trying to win.

And whether or not a good 3rd game showing could turn it around or at least turn anyones opinions around.

But.......NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Monkey Boy busted HIMSELF the past two nights and is trying to take it out on me.

Forget it.......I got Female Be-atches I won't put up with.

And a Chaquita Boy, He/She, Meth Head Punk A ss Be-atch like you ("POW-POW") CERTAINLY ain't worth it.

In Short: Fvck Off and Die of Aids Already!

-Odin- ;)

Craig M....

It appears its YOU who didn't WATCH the game...

because THOSE WHO DID....

are reporting a GREAT things....but you...this is like you having a conversation about the 1st MIAMI pre-season game...and admitting thatb you NEVER saw even a single snap....

I'd take Mallet over Tanny any day. They're calling him rocket arm in NE.

Mallet looked great. Certainly impressed Gruden and me. And didnt he play with the Pats 2nd string? Against the Eagles 1st string?

If Tanne goes 10-20 against PhillY's 1st team D.....


in a pre-season game.....then I am giving him a THUMBS UP.....


How come pre-season games don't matter for us (ALL VANNILLA)...

but when it comes to OTHER TEAMS/PLAYERS....

its life or death.....

It is Gruden and I, man.

C'mon back Craig M...

defend your statement....

you were impressed too, oscar

your EXTREMELY IGNORANT statement...

Is it my imagination or does the blog go straight down the toilet every time odinmeth arrives?

If I wasn't high like a mf I'd come down there yo.
Bottoms Up!

Posted by: CadillacDeVille | August 21, 2012 at 09:13 PM

Hey, don't tell the China Man I "Hipped" you to this Bro. But, make fun of him for calling a safety a "Lock Down" Safety. Safeties, by definition, play zones. There's really no such thing.

Phuc U so Stoopid, heh, heh?

Now go brush the Stank outcha Mouf, Bu-oy!

Posted by: Coalition To Get Coalition Out Of The Closet | August 21, 2012 at 08:36 PM


kris,

Ryan Mallet started last night's game, yet "I didnt see the game" CraigM says Mallet is backing up Hoyer.
Hoyer's numbers last night were 9-17 for 55yds. Hell, those sound like Tim Tebow type numbers and Hoyer played against the 2nd and 3rd team defenses.

Never saw the fuc-er, Nat Moore.

Kris, the delusional homers think everyone on the Dolphins is great and everyone on the opponent is terrible. Of course they cant explain why we stink. Well, sometimes its the refs! LOL

Mallet wasnt spectacular, but he wasnt bad either. He was 10-20 105yds and 1 td.

Kris is here. Maybe he will tell us where he rates his self esteem on a scale of 1 to 10 and explain how he could possibly engage in dialog with odinstench.

Let Belichick worry about Mallet and we will worry about Tannehill, Nat Moore.

Phuc U,

You as dumb as.......wel......dumb as youself I guess.

As mad as you got for being called Chin Man, Deville ain't black. He that crazy old white Dude played Guitar for Poison or Motlet Crue. One of them Hair Bands.........I dunno......all them white hippies looks the sane to me.

BTW - Phuc U Too ;)

Yesterday if you had to choose TODAY, knowing what you know NOW, do you take Tannehill or Mallett?

YG....

I try to entertain Craig "i didn't see the game" M....but sometimes he goes out of his way to make the most ignorant statements to justify some self-serving agenda....


I assume if Mallett was 17-20 with 2 TDs and 200 yards...he never would have typed a letter...

and thats a bad way to be....

Tannehill looked bad at Carolina.....

Maybe...

When Odin talks football...there are few on here that can rival his perspective...and I look for as MANY perspectives as I can when forming my opinion on the FINS....

I hope that answer's your question Oscar....

oscar, I'm not worried about either

Craig M, to use his favorite word, is a total MORON. He doesn't see the game and comes here spouting his opinion based on last years Moore, not this years Moore vs Tannehill. That guy needs to be on a steady diet of laxatives for a full year.

Now go brush the Stank outcha Mouf, Bu-oy!
Posted by: Coalition To Get Coalition Out Of The Closet | August 21, 2012 at 08:36 PM


Posted by: Sample | August 21, 2012 at 09:29 PM

I can see I struck ANOTHER nerve - Pow Pow!

Come on, I can save you some time. Instead of pissing everyone off and reposting this a thousand times, do us and yo MandoBoy a favor:

Just Brush The Stank Outcha Mouf!

(Which reminds me, do the He/She's at the Rainbow Room all call you "Gummy Bear"?)


Surprising that Philbin said RB position is the deepest part of the Team. HMM...

Moore is better this year then last year. Its a new system to him and he's always a bad practice player.

Kris, reposting this so you don't miss it from who you so admire:

Just Brush The Stank Outcha Mouf!

(Which reminds me, do the He/She's at the Rainbow Room all call you "Gummy Bear"?)


Posted by: Coalition To Get Coalition Out Of The Close

Is your marriage that dull that you crave dialog with the above putrid poster? I guess so.

darrillo,

Knowing what I know today? Knowing what I know today is the same as what I knew during the 2011 draft. Mallet's Brady's heir apparent, making him the future franchise qb for the Pats.

Even if Tannehill proves to be better, I dont see him as a huge uprade to Mallet. Even if thier careers are similarly good, it would mean Bellichick got the better deal because Mallet only cost hin a 3rd rd pick. T-hill cost us an 8th overall.

As soon as Mallet slid out of the 2nd rd Ireland should have pounced all over him instead of trading back into the 2nd rd for D Thomas. Like I said, even if T-hill proves to be better than Mallet it wont be by a huge degree. Both qb's represent the future of thier franchises.

This is the reason Ireland needs to go. Low salary cap and no playmakers. No wonder this team sucks. I see a regressed 4/5 win season.

Kris is here. Maybe he will tell us where he rates his self esteem on a scale of 1 to 10 and explain how he could possibly engage in dialog with odinstench.

Posted by: maybe | August 21, 2012 at 09:32 PM

GEE, I wonder where your self esteem ranks when you can't even back up an opinion with a sign in name?

Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuh!!!!

Don't nobody in here give two squats about what you think about ANYTHING. Get a clue Tardo, you're a troll, so NOBODY cares.

Just keep Fvcking with people and ruining the blog until your next 10 dollar Man Trick shows up.

Get Dat Meth Money Monkey H O!

So we know now that Kris is trailer trash. What about YG, Darryl, Fin4 and the others? Are they so desperate for chat they need odinstench?

Why not play each QB for a half? 2 QB system.

armando is writing like we r donkeys,gerrad will be out b/c he's injured BIG TIME..

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