The Dolphins have signed QB Matt Moore to a two-year contract, essentially ending their pursuit of Broncos QB Kyle Orton.
Moore, who played last season with the Panthers, agreed to a deal Friday morning, according to ESPN's John Clayton. He will likely be the backup to Chad Henne in Miami. Tom Brandstater and undrafted rookie Pat Devlin are the only other quarterbacks on the team's roster.
Last season in Carolina, Moore had a rough time. He threw twice as many interceptions (10) as touchdowns (five) and was sacked 13 times in just six games; the team went 1-5 during that span. His season ended in Week Nine when he suffered a torn labrum, putting him on I.R.
The QB was much better the year before, when he tossed eight touchdowns to only two interceptions and threw for more than 1,000 yards in five starts.
The way we see it
Earlier in the week, it was almost a forgone conclusion that the Dolphins would acquire Orton from Denver and have him compete with Henne for the starting job. But the two sides couldn't seem to reach an agreement on a deal, and so instead of waiting on another team, Miami went out and got a new quarterback in Moore. While he is not the passer that Orton is, the team did not have to invest as much financially in the free agent than they would have through the trade.