Monday, February 18, 2013
Another option for Matt Moore
By Tim Kavanagh
Though we didn't see much of Matt Moore in 2012, thanks to the quick insertion of Ryan Tannehill as the Miami Dolphins' starting QB, there are still some who believe that he can be a starting QB at the NFL level. Unless the Dolphins re-sign him within the next few weeks, he'll hit unrestricted free agency in a year when many have panned the options in the draft, and the other viable starters available would require the acquiring team to trade for them.
One of the teams that may be interested in Moore to compete with their incumbent starter for the job is the Cleveland Browns. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald has heard that Browns OC Norv Turner is a "big fan of Moore," despite never having coached him. Turner and HC Rob Chudzinski are not entirely sold on Brandon Weeden as their starter, based on their public comments in recent weeks.
While Turner has direct experience working with 49ers QB Alex Smith -- rumored to be available via trade -- getting the Utah product on the roster would require sending some draft capital over to San Francisco, a potential move with which the new management team may not be too pleased. Furthermore, Moore's contract would likely cost them less than Smith's as well, as the latter is on the books for $7.5 million for 2013.