Kyle Orton to the Dolphins was supposed to be a done deal as early as Tuesday. It made tons of sense for both teams ... until Miami decided the Broncos wanted too much for Orton.
That's when the 'Fins went out and agreed to a two-year, $5 million deal for former Panthers quarterback Matt Moore, who will compete with Chad Henne for the starting gig.
Moore's an interesting fit in Miami, because he had a lot of success with the Panthers at the end of 2009, but obviously 2010 wasn't the greatest year in the world for Moore and Carolina.
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That was partially because of injury, but also because Moore struggled to make good throws before being replaced by rookie Jimmy Clausen.
Things are also a little spicy, because in the middle of a staredown with the Broncos front office, owner Stephen Ross got firmly behind Henne in a public statement of support.
"What we've done so far is surround [Chad Henne] with parts that can open up our offense and make him better," Steve Ross about his would-be franchise quarterback.
He went further to discuss the "discipline" Jeff Ireland has shown in building a roster and hinted that Ireland wasn't going to get "desperate" when it came to inquiring players.
That was, for all intents and purposes, a direct shot at John Elway and the guys running Denver as an indication that the Dolphins didn't plan to pay full price for Orton.
Additionally, Mike Lombardi of the NFL Network reports that Orton's likely to push the Broncos over the salary cap anyway, which means he could potentially get cut later this afternoon, which could also explain why Miami decided to balk at the reported second-round asking price from Denver.
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