Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Dolphins re-sign RFA Quentin Moses; Jason Taylor signs with Jets

On the same day the Dolphins lost one of the best players in franchise history to their most hated rival, the Dolphins signed their own outside linebacker.

Unfortunately, that outside linebacker is restricted free agent Quentin Moses.

Per Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Moses received a one-year contract worth $1.684 million.

Originally a third-round pick by the Oakland Raiders in 2007, Moses has spent most of his career with the Dolphins after being signed that October.

In 29 career regular season games primarily as a reserve linebacker and special-teamer, Moses has totaled 17 tackles and 2.5 sacks.

A player with experience at both the strong-side and weak-side linebacker spots, Moses will likely compete with Erik Walden, Brian Johnston, and some likely rookie additions for a reserve spot on the team in 2010.

Moses' signing gives the Dolphins 65 players on their 80-man offseason roster and just two unsigned free agents—fellow restricted free agents Ronnie Brown and Anthony Fasano.

Jason Taylor signs with Jets

Well, it's official: Jason Taylor is a member of the New York Jets.

I recently questioned why the Dolphins didn't re-sign Taylor given their obvious need at outside linebacker, but apparently Bill Parcells doesn't really care what I think.

Taylor signed a two-year, $13 million contract with the Jets, but it's essentially a one-year deal as it contains a $10 million bonus next spring that the team will obviously not pay.

In New York, Taylor will become a part-time player in Rex Ryan's top-rated defense, joining Calvin Pace as one of the team's key pass rushers.

Meanwhile, it will be interesting to see what Miami does to fill their void at outside linebacker. As things stand, Charlie Anderson and Cameron Wake top the depth chart.

The team recently worked out former Cardinals and Titans defensive end/linebacker Travis LaBoy, but he signed with the 49ers on Tuesday.

Expect the Dolphins to address the position multiple times in the upcoming 2010 NFL Draft, possibly with their first-round pick.

Another name to watch is linebacker Adalius Thomas, who has been a free-agent bust in New England after coming over from Baltimore and could be released sometime after the draft.

No matter what the Dolphins do at outside linebacker between now and September, I will always believe that not re-signing Taylor was serious mistake.

Thanks for everything you did for us in Miami, Jason. I'm sorry the organization didn't appreciate you as much as you deserved.

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