The Miami Dolphins organization is getting a chance to undo what many South Florida fans thought was an error in judgment back in the 2007 NFL draft.
That year instead of taking Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn in the first-round South Florida's NFL franchise selected receiver Ted Ginn Jr. with the 19th pick, which was viewed as the first of many disappointing decisions during the Cam Cameron's 1-15 season.
Well, seven years later the Dolphins have signed Quinn, who the Cleveland Browns drafted 22nd that year, to a free agent deal, and will give the recently retired quarterback one last chance to prove himself.
Sources say the Dolphins picked Quinn over Rex Grossman and John Skelton following a Monday morning workout of all three veterans. The Dolphins are searching for a veteran quarterback to push Matt Moore for the spot behind Ryan Tannehill.
To make room on the roster for Quinn, the Dolphins waived quarterback Pat Devlin. Devlin has been sidelined the past 10 days with a hamstring injury. Because of his injury, if no team claims him he could be put on injured reserve or given an injury settlement.
Quinn, who had recently become a College Football Analyst for Fox, has started just 20 games with the Browns and Chiefs since 2007.
The 6-2 Quinn, who will turn 30 in October, last played with the Jets and Rams last season. He's thrown 12 touchdowns with 17 interceptions and has a career passer rating of 53.8 percent.
The Dolphins are presently uncomfortable with the quarterback position because Moore, who has one year left on a contract that will pay him $4 million this season, is battling shoulder issues.
Devlin, who does have practice squad eligibility, hasn't proven he possesses an NFL arm in his three seasons with the team.
Moore and Devlin are further ahead in their understanding of Bill Lazor's spread offense, which the team has been installing since March. However, if Quinn impresses the coaches within the next 19 days it is possible his presence could lead to the release, or a trade of Moore.
Cutting Moore would clear $2.5 million off the Dolphins' 2014 books. The Dolphins could also strong arm Moore to restructure his deal, bringing down his cap hit.
During his Monday press conference coach Joe Philbin declined to answer directly when asked if Moore will be Tannehill's backup this season.
“We’re not really at that stage,” Philbin said. “We’re still in a competitive mode.”
Quinn was last in the NFL with the Rams in 2013, which was the third team he played for that season. After being cut by the Seahawks in training camp last August he joined the Jets but was released in October and eventually signed with St. Louis.
Quinn becomes the fifth quarterback in camp considering Miami released undrafted rookie Brock Jensen on Monday to make room for tailback Cameron Marshall. The Dolphins must cut, or place a player on injured reserve, to create space on the 90-player training camp roster for Quinn.Copyright © 2015, CT Now