The Miami Dolphins need a starting quarterback for the 2019 season, but it seems like nobody is stepping forward to take the job. A day after it was reported that free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater would re-sign with the New Orleans Saints, one of Miami’s other options is reportedly going to the west coast.
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported on Wednesday that former Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns starter Tyrod Taylor would sign a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Chargers. Rapoport said on Tuesday that the Dolphins would pursue Taylor as an alternative to Bridgewater.
Source: The #Chargers agreed to terms with QB Tyrod Taylor on a 2-year deal.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2019
Taylor will presumably hold a clipboard behind incumbent starter Philip Rivers, just a year after going into the season as Cleveland’s starter. After three solid years with the Bills, Taylor played poorly to start the season for the Browns and was benched in favor of rookie sensation Baker Mayfield.
Rivers has not missed a single regular season start since he was named the starter in 2006, so barring the unexpected, Taylor will likely not play much this year.
It is not fully known what, if anything, the Dolphins offered Taylor or Bridgewater. That said, Wednesday was the second day in a row a starting-caliber QB elected to sign somewhere as a backup when the Dolphins needed a new starter.
Former first-round pick Ryan Tannehill is still under contract at the moment, but the Dolphins are widely expected to get rid of him either by trade or by releasing him. He carries a massive $26.6 million cap hit this year and has only started 24 games in the past three seasons due to injuries.
The only other QBs the Dolphins have under contract right now are Jake Rudock and Luke Falk, who have a combined five NFL pass attempts between them.
With options like Joe Flacco, Case Keenum and Nick Foles also off the table, the Dolphins’ options are even more limited than before. The Miami Herald listed Sam Bradford, Matt Cassel, Ryan Fitzpatrick and last year’s part-time starter Brock Osweiler as options. Even if Miami picks up one of those veterans, they will likely select a QB early in April’s draft.