NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There is now one less quarterback available to general manager John Idzik and the Jets.
Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore has agreed to re-sign with Miami. NFL.com is reporting that the deal is worth $8 million over two years.
The 28-year-old, who served as a backup to Ryan Tannehill in 2012, was expected to test the free-agent waters. He appeared in just two games last season, completing 11 of 19 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown. He played 13 games the year prior, completing 210 of 347 passes for 2,497 yards. The five-year veteran tossed 16 touchdowns and ran for two more. He threw nine interceptions, however, and fumbled the ball 14 times.
The New York Post reported last week that the Jets are expected to “at least look into” Moore and Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn. Gang Green was rumored to be targeting Michael Vick last month, but the Eagles’ signal caller agreed to a restructured deal with the Philadelphia Eagles on February 11.
The Jets recently worked out ex-Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback David Garrard, and according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Garrard and the Jets believe they’ll have a deal “once they can work through the cap issues.”
“I felt like if I am healthy and I am playing at my highest, then that’s going to give me a great opportunity to be the starting quarterback,” Garrard told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Monday. ”Now, if Mark (Sanchez) comes out and he is playing even better than that, then great for him, but I am going to give it my all. If I can be the starting quarterback, I know what I can do on the field and I know what I can bring to the table.
“Hopefully I can, and if that’s the case I know we can have some good times.”
Garrard has a 39-37 record in 79 career starts, all with the Jaguars.
The 2009 Pro Bowler was released from Jacksonville after a poor preseason in 2011. He was expected to start the season for Miami in 2012, but arthroscopic knee surgery in August quickly ended his time with the Dolphins.
The Jets reportedly want to bring five quarterbacks to training camp — Sanchez, Greg McElroy, Matt Simms and two yet-to-be-determined players (Garrard will likely be one of them).
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