Before the ink had time to dry on Brian Hartline’s new five-year, $31 million contract, Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland reportedly has signed another of his own free agents this morning.
The Dolphins agreed to a new contract with backup quarterback Matt Moore, worth $8 million over two years, according to NFL.com. The move is a bit surprising, as Moore, 29, was expected to test the free agent market and look to sign with a team that could give him a better chance to start in 2012. Moore just finished a two-year, $5 million contract he signed before the 2011 season.
But although Moore wants to be a starter somewhere, he has grown to like his situation with the Dolphins and has become good friends with starter Ryan Tannehill. Ireland called Moore “the best backup in the NFL” last training camp, and the Dolphins maintain their excellent depth at the position, with Pat Devlin serving as the third quarterback.
Moore proved his value in 2011 by coming off the bench after Chad Henne suffered a season-ending injury to lead the Dolphins to a 6-3 record down the stretch. And he proved it again in 2012 by coming off the bench in the first quarter against the Jets and helping the Dolphins pound their rivals, 30-9.
“Matt’s been an outstanding teammate,” Ireland said two weeks ago at the NFL Combine. “Been a good mentor for Ryan. He was excellent when Chad (Henne) and him were in the room last year. So there’s a lot of things of why you would want him back on the football team.”
Moore, entering his seventh NFL season, has a career 80.5 passer rating, with 33 touchdowns and 26 interceptions.
Moore is the third Dolphin player to re-sign before free agency begins on Tuesday, joining Hartline and DT Randy Starks (franchise tag). Jake Long, Reggie Bush, Sean Smith, Anthony Fasano andChris Clemons still remain unsigned.