Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore (8) throws on the field before playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. The Dolphins won 34-28. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins haven't asked Matt Moore for paycut

The Miami Dolphins have one of the best backup quarterbacks in the NFL in Matt Moore, who averaged 7.2 yards per attempt with a TD:INT ratio near 2:1 when starting in 2011. So if (God forbid) anything were to happen to franchise QB Ryan Tannehill, the Dolphins would definitely be in safe hands with Moore as the insurance policy.

But at the same time, it’s fair to ask if the Dolphins should try and get the 29-year-old Oregon State product to take a paycut from his $4 million salary. Entering the final year of the two-year deal he signed last offseason, the Dolphins could even extend Moore’s contract and help add more money to their $39 million in space by giving Moore less money per year in an extension.

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins have yet to ask Moore to take less pay this upcoming season. Jackson notes that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pursued Moore last year, so new Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey could be high on him as a result of the Bucs interest. That said, I think the ‘Fins should still at least approach Moore with the idea of paycut, especially if they can somehow get him to sign an extension to be their backup for a few more years. I say “somehow”, because the Dolphins had to pay Moore $4 million in order to prevent him from trying to look for a starting gig elsewhere. Of course, he may have also figured out that nobody really wants him as a starter, even if he would be a quality stopgap option (that seems to be his ceiling).

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  • tpl

    Its a good idea. Maybe they havn’t asked as they either intend to trade or cut him.

  • Johnny

    They need to either restructure his contract, release him or trade him.. $4 mil for a back-up QB??? That’s a lot of $$$… I don’t think there will be a market to trade him, especially at that price, no team will pay that… Plus with about 3-4 QBs going in the 1st round… There will be no market for a 4 mil back-up… Either reconstruct his contract or release him depending on dead money and how his contract is garaunteed or not.. If not, release him… Devlin is showing flashes in camp and we can also draft a late round QB, depending on who’s left late in the draft …
    Trade is out if the question…
    So, Release or Restructure..
    I’d prefer a restructure, cause if Tannehill goes down, Moore is a serviceable back-up…