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Matt Moore staying with the Dolphins to be a backup

Matt Moore

Miami Dolphins player Matt Moore during the second half of a NFL football game in Miami, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012. The Dolphins won 24-10. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter_)


The Dolphins are working quickly to keep the pieces they want before the market opens, and apparently just did another bit of good business.

According to Jeff Darlington of, the Dolphins have reached a deal to keep quarterback Matt Moore.

That gives the Dolphins a better-than-solid option behind starter Ryan Tannehill, as Moore has piloted the team through rough stretches before being replaced by the first-round draft pick. And it almost suggests that someone might have communicated to him that there wasn’t a starting job out there for him, though tampering doesn’t start until midnight which would make that illegal.

Along with the re-signing of wide receiver Brian Hartline, it gives the Dolphins a few good components, to go with the expected splash free agent receiver that the world expects them to bring in.

UPDATE 10:31 a.m. ET: Darlington updated his report, saying it’s a two-year deal worth $8 million. That’s premium backup money.