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NFL: Moore signs two-year deal with Miami

Hart graduate also received interest from San Diego and San Francisco

Posted: July 30, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 30, 2011 1:55 a.m.

New Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore, right, talks with the media as he arrives at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, the day after the NFL lockout ended.

 

Hart High graduate Matt Moore was ready to compete for the starting quarterback position in Carolina.

He'll be battling in Miami instead.

Moore signed a two-year contract with the Dolphins on Friday worth $5 million, said his agent advisor Joe Aloisi. After incentives, the deal could be worth up to $8 million.

"He's ecstatic about playing in Miami," Aloisi said. "He feels like he can go in there and compete for the starting job. In fact, they made that reference up front. They said, ‘Look, we need you to come in, and we need you to compete at the highest level.' Chad Henne would be considered the starter, no doubt about that, but Matt has every opportunity through camp to prove himself."

The fifth-year pro was in Miami on Friday morning to take his physical and make the deal official.

Friday was the first day free agents could sign with new teams after the NFL lockout ended on Monday.

Moore was offered a $1.275 million one-year tender by the Panthers prior to the lockout. The league-minimum deal was extended in the midst of Carolina drafting Auburn quarterback Cam Newton with the No. 1 overall pick.

Newton's agent Bus Cook told the Associated Press on Friday that the Heisman Trophy winner signed a four-year contract worth over $22 million.

Moore also had contact with the San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers, Aloisi said.

In Miami he'll also join former UCLA head coach Karl Dorrell, who is the Dolphins' quarterback coach, and former USC running back Reggie Bush, whom the Dolphins acquired in a trade with New Orleans on Thursday.

The deal ended speculation Miami would trade for Denver Broncos starter Kyle Orton.

"We started negotiating real hard on Thursday evening," Aloisi said. "It was clear they were not going with the Kyle Orton thing and were concentrated on Matt."

Moore's four-year stint in Carolina ended with an injury plagued season in which he started five games and played in six. He threw for 857 yards, five touchdowns and 10 interceptions, but saw his season cut short by a shoulder injury in week nine. Moore had surgery on the torn labrum during the offseason.

"He wants to go back to work," Aloisi said. "He wants to do his craft, and that's being a quarterback in the NFL."

 

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