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Money not reason Garrard didn't sign with Miami

Posted on: October 7, 2011 10:34 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2011 10:36 pm
It wasn't about money for Garrard, but that the Dolphins were 0-4. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne played surprisingly well through the first four weeks of the season. Unfortunately, the shoulder injury he suffered against the Chargers Sunday will keep him out for the rest of the year. Which meant that Miami was in the market for a backup quarterback behind newly elevated starter Matt Moore.

The team reached out to NFL veterans David Garrard and Jake Delhomme earlier this week and were told "thanks but no thanks" by both.

The Dolphins finally settled on Sage Rosenfels. Conventional wisdom (based on what Garrard's agent had told multiple outlets) was that Miami wasn't offering Garrard enough to get off his couch. Turns out, it wasn't about the money.

Details via the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero:
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.
Salguero writes that this account makes more sense than the version previously being pushed -- namely, that the Dolphins were too cheap to pay Garrard, which could be interpreted as the organization giving up on the season after a month.

And while Garrard wanting to spend more time with his family is admirable, there's still more to the story.

"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," Salguero explains. "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."

So the Dolphins settled on Rosenfels who, according to coach Tony Sparano will serve as Moore's backup. “Yeah, it’s Matt’s job," Sparano said. "We’ve got to get Matt ready to go."

In case you're wondering, Miami also worked out Kellen Clemens, JP Losman, Jim Sorgi, and Charlie Frye before settling on to Rosenfels.

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Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: October 8, 2011 7:15 am
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Since: May 8, 2009
Posted on: October 8, 2011 6:51 am

Money not reason Garrard didn't sign with Miami

Tebow was a first round pick but is not worth a first round pick as compensation in a trade. McDaniels reach, for whatever reason, was simply that.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 1:57 am

Money not reason Garrard didn't sign with Miami

Miami should trade a first round draft pick to Denver for Tim Tebow.  He'd put people in the seats and it would end the QB controversy in Denver.  Hell, Miami isn't going anywhere anyway, but the return of the prodigal son would give them a great building block to build around. 

Since: Nov 15, 2010
Posted on: October 8, 2011 1:53 am

Money not reason Garrard didn't sign with Miami

Laughing  I agree - Grossman is gaggingly horrible..... but Indy has Painter.... I like him.  Behind Manning for 3 years, good QB outta Purdue..... I picked him up on Fantasy..... have Newton and Schaub but think Painter's a sleeper.... he didn't prove me wrong last week -0- ints. and I was expecting @ least ONE!!!  Wow!! Pro Picks were expecting 3.  Thinking Skins will get Luck???  Poor Painter has been like Jimmy Claussen.... waiting on  the side lines Then Cam Newton comes along so hoping INDY doesn't get Luck so Painter can blossom ... Claussen put up good#'s pre-season versus Newton, lost popularity contest....  but HEY he's Cam and look @ that fella put up the #'s.... Pro ready in spite of critics...

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: October 8, 2011 1:19 am

Money not reason Garrard didn't sign with Miami

Perhaps Garrard should have considered signing with Miami because it was an opportunity to re-establish whatever value he may have in the NFL. He's never been a bad quarterback for the Jaguars, but he's never lead them anywhere significant. I understand that he maybe wouldn't want to go join the Dolphins, but at the very least it would have given him a chance to get back on the field after a few weeks and showcase himself to others for next offseason. The guy lost his job to Luke McCown for goodness sakes.. how many GM's are going to give his a shot to be on a roster where he'll see the field? The only teams I could see that would even consider him would have to be the Colts, and maybe the Skins (I know they are 3-1, but I don't care what any of you people say, Grossman stinks).

Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2011 12:49 am

Money not reason Garrard didn't sign with Miami

 case you're wondering, Miami also worked out Kellen Clemens, JP Losman, , and before settling on to Rosenfels. wow hall of famers they are not. No one wants to get run over all day and loose in miami. That is also (the run over all day part especially) no one wants a shot term gig for colts or eagles.    All tthree teams should put their line on a milk carton as missing in action.

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