Just hours after having it confirmed that they whiffed on Peyton Manning, the Miami Dolphins signed free agent quarterback David Garrard to a one-year contract, multiple outlets are reporting. Garrard didn't play in 2011 after being released by the Jacksonville Jaguars during training camp because of a bad back. The Dolphins reportedly were in contract talks with Alex Smith, but CBS' Pete Prisco speculated that they'll stay in a holding pattern until the 2013 NFL Draft.
David Garrard won't beat out Matt Moore.Dolphins will be picking Matt Barkley or Wilson from Ark or the Bray kid from Tenn next year— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) March 20, 2012
Though much has been made of the Dolphins' pursuit of the hot quarterback names out there — they also met with Matt Flynn, who just signed with the Seahawks on Monday — Moore was very good in the second half of last year. In the Dolphins' final eight games, he had a QB rating of 91.9 and 12 touchdowns compared with five interceptions, leading the Dolphins to a 5-3 record.
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