have a couple tough decisions to make today regarding the team's quarterbacks.
How many will the team keep on the 53-man roster when it is finalized this weekend, following Saturday's waiver wire claims, and who those quarterbacks are will indicate which direction South Florida's
franchise is heading.
The Dolphins plan to begin the season with
, Miami's first-round pick, as the season-opening starter for the Sept. 9 game against the
. And if things go well he'll likely remain in that spot all season, if not all decade.
But who becomes Tannehill's backups, and more importantly, the veteran presence he leans on, could be telling.
Will it be nine-year veteran
, a six-year NFL starter who held the starting spot before having his left knee scope the week of the exhibition opener?
Or will it be
, last year's starter who led the Dolphins to a 6-6 record, struggled adjusting to the west coast offense?
And what happens to
, last year's practice squad quarterback, who had a solid preseason and training camp?
The Dolphins have already spent $1.1 million on Garrard this summer in his signing bonus and workout bonus. But the 34-year-old could be one of the final cuts because Miami's clearly embarking on a youth movement.
The decision will come down to whether or not coach Joe Philbin and his staff see value in the former Pro Bowler, who was the best quarterback early in camp, and view him worth another $2.25 million.
Garrard’s contract would become fully guaranteed if he’s on the roster week one. The Dolphins could possibly place him on injured reserve, and the NFL's new rules would allow him to return to the active roster later in the season.
Cutting Garrard would likely send a troubling message to the players inside the locker room considering they saw how well he played when healthy. Garrard worked out Thursday and is supposedly ready to resume practicing. But its possible he won't be cleared to play in a game for a couple of weeks.
Moore, who will cost the Dolphins $3 million this season, is on the trading block. But his struggles during the preseason will make him difficult to move.
Moore completed 20 of 51 passes for 234 yards during his four games. He threw one interception and was sacked for times. He had a cumulative quarterback rating of 37.5, which is trumped by Tannehill's 66.9 and Devlin's 70.6.
In fairness to Moore, he wasn't always working behind the best offensive line, and his weapons in the game typically didn't bring down catchable balls. But there is concern whether his accuracy issues make him a good fit in the west coast offense.
Tannehill moved ahead of Moore on the depth chart because of six-year veteran's erratic practices.
The Dolphins could opt to keep all four quarterbacks. Carrying three on the 53-man roster wouldn't stray from the NFL norm considering Miami has needed to use three quarterbacks in a game every season since 2007 due to injuries.
And Devlin, a former Delaware standout, could easily return to the practice squad if no teams claims him on Saturday.
"Overall I've gotten more comfortable," said Devlin, who completed 29 of 49 passes for 246 yards and one touchdowns (one interception too). "You learn so much from your first year.