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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?


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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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....

Posted by: Kris | August 21, 2012 at 09:37 PM

It's true Maybe. I know you'll accuse me of all sorts of things. But truth is Odin knows alot of football, especially our Phins. He posts from a slightly off centered perspective, but generally good stuff.

The only time he goes off is when you or the trolls start up. Maybe you should just let the guy post and lighten up with all the personal garbage.

Now go ahead, if the truth hurts, let the attacks begin.

the 2012 draft wasn't for 2012 season, but for the 2013 season because of how poorly Ireland has handled free agency and drafted over the first four off-seasons of his tenure as GM.

Martin to replace Long at left tackle.
Miller to replace Bush at running back.
Egnew or whoever to replace Fasano at tight end.

I went back and checked the record.

Odin came on and wqas talking to Andy about Wake.

He didn't insult anyone or post anything negative in the least. Matter of fact he was spot on about Wake and New Englands Nate Solder.

Odin wasn't lying. Within 3 minutes time he was being attacked by someone and that someone looks errily similar to the resident blog troll.

What gives with you trolls? Are you that jealous of one guy and his opinions? Thats funny you know because you have every right to post your own opinions.

Are you guys unable to simply talk Dolphins football? I suspect that if you're here at this site you could offer up some kind of football related opinions.

Why all the hate and personal crap. Why not leave the guy alone and let him post about the Phins. Besides, I can't stand it when he goes off and starts lowering himself tour levels. It's is pretty funny, but then we just have to wade back through all the dumb stuff posted under obvious aliases.

Just give it a break and stick to football. How hard can that be?

To me, you are very bad People(the Reporters).

Since were on the subject, LMAO @ 8:46.

-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?

-Odin- ;)

Posted by: Coalition To Get Coalition Out Of The Closet | August 21, 2012 at 08:46 PM


Unbiased Observer = defensive odin for his embarrassing ghetto rants. There ain't a girl with a twat that would fk a guy that talks like that...obviously he knows it.

How is Martin going to replace Long after his performances?

Armando: "The Dolphins are stupid b/c they have soooooo little cap space compared to the other teams" - then provides a list showing $1 mil variation (or about 1% of cap) between 1/3 of the league.

Commentors above: "OMG this team sucks they spend too much of someone else's money on players to make the team better!"

To all meatball heads...

Has it ever occured to you why the blog goes south when Odins arrives?

Don't you see he is a tweaked, strung out dude with mulptiple personalities here?

Dang you guys are thick! and dumb, really. I mean, really.

Is just that Odin looks too much like an as-hole to us.

Joe Philbin is the H.C. of the Dolphins and just gained my respect after I saw his interview with Tannehill on HARDKNOCKS were he named him the starter.

He said and I quote, "They will say you have no WR's or right side of an OL and that we gave it to you cause they pay us"


Coach, pull no punches and tell him the truth about what he's in for and he looks the part but if not you will get NO grip from this Fin Fan. At last a Coach and YES he seems still timid but I believe Philbin on the right path!!

Who on Earth said that Martin is going to replace Long? See, these are the incongruencies of this Blog.

Columbo was better then Martin

Egnew does not look like a guy that believes in himself. He looks down and discouraged easily. Not a good sign.

oscar, Martin was drafted to replace Long. He's a lot cheaper.

Even if Football experts, we admit no as-holes here.

Also Long doesnt fit the WCO.

Ireland brought us Egnew for Da Beast

What, Coalition+, you a Football "expert", also?

Or another as-hole?

Thanks for the support you guys but your wasting your breath on this guy.

This is his ever encompassing ALL World right here at this one little web site. He still doesn't see how he proves this point over and over again. His agenda, fake names and responses in general expose himself completely. Yet he can't see the Forest For The Trees.

He's Sad :(


WE NEED Tanne to turn into something or we wasted a 1st RD pick...

I don't have to explain that any further do I...do I really need to dumb that down...

Posted by: Kris | August 21, 2012 at 09:48 PM

Ah.........well.........you mean we wasted the 8th OVERALL.....um.......Pick?

Or.........ah.......we just wasted the pick?

(No wait)You mean we WOULD have wasted.......er..........MIGHT HAVE.......ah.........what was the question?

Did we waste a pick or what.............MAN?


I am a football expert.


Posted by: Yesterday's Gone | August 21, 2012 at 09:48 PM

OK, Props on that one. That was pretty funny.

But when you mention the name Ryan in that respect and start thinking "Chad", it takes it up to the Conspiracy level.

(Pennington, Henne, Johnson...)

Why do U Do what U do Oscar?

Simple Question. U turn a 3 page blog into a 8 page affair everyday.

Ur little 2 sentences every 5 minutes Nonsense is like that Annoying POP-UP, U call ur Mother.

Ur so Sick Ur the only one Posting for 30-40 minutes at the time throughout the DAy. It's just Ignorant

Is ur life really that Miserable? Are U really that Demented?

If u are old(Which I hope is True, Hopefully u have Cancer too). Believe me when I say A Couple of us are already Counting Down til ur demise. Hey, No Computers in hell monkey boy.

The World would be a much better place without U buddy. Just End it, Do Us all a Favor. We know Ur family doesn't care.

How can someone like U even have a family?

I guess u reminisce about ur sons Penises since U haven't seen them since Marino Was Qb.

I guess that's ur own selfish reason to want the Marino Curse to end?

So maybe Ur Curse will to. And Finally be accepted by ur kids.

Again, can't wait til ur funeral, pal. It will look Sunlife Stadium on Sundays, as U would like to say.

Don't worry I'll come visit ur Grave Oscar, To piss on it during the Anniversary of ur death every year.

Tick Tock. Oscar

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

And so why don't you do the same?

The Conspiracy Will be if Sign a Qb named "Chad Ryan"

We will know then the Apocalypse is upon us.

Why Do u Do what U Do Kettle?

Since that's one of ur many names.

Anything that gets repeated over and over and over again. That's U

Also, Taking mmy name today a couple times today was corny.

Now the Guy who made u His Bottom-B!tch Yesterday was Priceless.

Dashi - I understand your frustration. Cute white girls are not big on asian guys. Having a toothpick pecker doesn't help. But, don't take your frustrations out on others because in the end, they don't help your cause. Find a zit faced 89 pound Vietnamese girl that will see you as big enough. She'll be happy, you'll be happy. Win win.

You do realize the blog goes all to hell when you arrive. Why is that?

Posted by: ? | August 21, 2012 at 09:49 PM

NO! Actually you're wrong again as usual. For one thing, if this were true, you wouldn't be bending over backwards posting it again and again under all kinds of different names.

I hope you're not so delusional that you really believe it's anyone but yourself that makes this place unbearable. Myself and everyone else can see it and I'm pretty sure you can too.

The simple fact is, you think that no one else can really tell that it's mainly just one person(YOU)behind all the trollish stupidity.

On the other hand, if you really are that delusional(which I doubt, I think you have self acceptance and self esteem issues), but seriously, why don't you simply try ignoring me and leaving me the Fvck alone. Just let me talk Football with the guys and I will GLADLY ignore you back.

If I'm the Big Problem here, why can't you manage something as Simple as that? I mean, unless this is all bigger than LIFE to you and you have some kind of Hidden(aliases and...)agenda's?

Seems like it would be EASY for you to IGNORE one simple little trouble maker.

I'm being COMPLETELY open and HONEST here. But somehow, I get the feeling you won't have an answer for this post. I also have the feeling that ALL OF US already know why you won't have an answer.

Happy Trolling and Have Fun Dragging This Place Down(We all know you will).

PS: This is your Big Chance.....Seriously. If what you're saying is the truth, then here's your chance to completely ignore me.

And please.......PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE.........don't try the old fake name/fake alias stuff anymore. We ALL already have your number and we can see right through it. Be a Man for once in your life and just ignore me. YOU.....and ALL of YOUR ALIASES TOO.

Thanks In Advance!

-Odin- ;)

Oscar Ur the Only fool that thinks Dashi is Asian

Let me Guess Odin is German?

Bill Connors is White?

Hum who can Mushu be?

The guy who is scared to stand up for himself on The INTERNET. C'mon Man grow up

I told U stop thinking about Dashi's D!ck.

This is a Football Blog. Talk about the Players Bulges instead. We all know U love to Watch

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

And so why don't you do the same?

offensive line coach Jim Turner called John Jerry a "catastrophe" lol

Dashi = Odinsgas


Does anybody REALLY believe odinderk only has three names here?????

oscar I'm drinking golden shower. You?
Posted by: odinseye | August 21, 2012 at 09:53 PM

And yet you say the blog goes to hell when I'm here?

You posted this shortly after I said I'm out. Let me guess, you really think that the rest of us can't tell it's you Monkey Boy(C'Mon Dude, that ship has sailed and we all know......well......apparently, ALL Of Us......EXCEPT YOU......Knows it)?

Delusional 101 is when you accuse your PERCEIVED enemies of doing exactly what it is, you yourself are constantly doing.

As far as dragging the blog down:

Monkey Boy - 1

Odin - 0

It took u less than 5 minutes to respond Monkey boy. And then U repost under another name.


Didn't Odin just tell u if Are the Better Person "Don't Respond"

U just can't help urself!!!

What about this, We love u here Oscar Don't OFF Urself!!

Hope the Clown does the Opposite. We will know in 5 minutes to see if i'm Telling the Truth.

Not a Minute less. Don't wait 10 minutes to prove me wrong. I will be real disappointed.


Notice how odin responds to VIO (Village Idiot Odin).

Do you know a bigger loser? That guy is pathetic and so are those that need him for chat strokes.

Dashi = Odin #18

The writing is the same fool.

Also, Solder is A Bust. Just wait till the Regular Season. The Patriots lost a couple key pieces on their line this year. Should be fun to watch.

Posted by: Dashi | August 21, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Dashi, you really think Solder will bust?

I thought he was a good pick(but I have to admit, I haven't really "STUDIED" him). I had him in my Mock two years ago. It seems all my upper mock picks end up in the AFC East. The Patsies got my 1st rounder 2 years ago. This year the jets got my 1st two. The Bills took my 3rd or 4th rounder this year too(can't remember exactly without checking-lol).

Anyways, The Great Dashi REALLY thinks Solder will bust? Or maybe just not be Great himself-lol?

Solder will be a Bust.

If I'm not mistaken he actually did less on the Bench PRess than Martin. Solder did About 17 reps last year on the bench. Remember he was a TE before being a OT. He only played OT his last year off college. The Guy is just huge and Bellicheck thinks he can develop him.

I would hate to see Garrard have to leave but such are the necessities of running an NFL team. My question is how do the Redskin pay so much money for a QB and still be way under the limit? Colts? Broncos? How do they do it?

Matt Moore has a winning record in the NFL. That is a fact! THat means he is a proven winner. He won those games on horrible teams. It does not matter who he beat. You can hate all you want. Facts are facts! There are so many people setting Tanne up for a huge failure. Expectations are way too high. This team sucks and he might win one or two games this year. Then what are you going to say? It amazes me that we have seen very little from Tanne and already he is the second coming of Marino. I want to see him win games because that is all that matters, winning football games. This team has a better chance of winning football games with Matt Moore behind center. Matt NEVER had a chance. The writing was on the wall when Tannes college head coach and QB coach was hired and they implemented the same offense. Dont let the Garrard situation fool you either. Tannehill was going to be the starter for this team come week 1. It is going to be an embarrassing season for the Dolphins!!

I have one question: What does Jeff Ireland have over Stephen Ross? This cap situation is abysmal and we do not have a star player! We have fired Sparano, (deservedly so) Parcells left going on 4 years ago and the only constants are Ross and Ireland. Accept it dolfans; we are in for a 3-13 or 4-12 year! This crap will continue as long as we pay money to support that crap product on the field. Believe it or not, I think the Heat organization will do a better job than Ireland running the Dolphins. It is pathetic!

I wouldn't trade Moore for less than a 3rd round pick and another pick. I don't think anyone would give up anything for Garard.

Not sure this was mentioned, but Devlin won't be protected on the PS. Someone will take him.

(Sigh) If I wasn't such a die-hard 46 year Fins fan, I's ALMOST wish for Tannehill to crash and burn, if it meant Ireland got the boot.
The Steinbach thing (the HC must share a bit of the blame) is another thing making us the laughing stock of the league.
Mando's "top 10", salary cap losers points out that 7 of those 10 made the playoffs last year.

This is directly related to the Trifecta's horrible miscalculation that the game is basically the same as when Parcells was Coaching. It's not. It's MUCH different. We came around to that fact about a decade too late. And now we're paying for those mistakes.

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