Dolphins choose Moore over Orton

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:28 PM ET

Forget Kyle Orton, the Miami Dolphins are turning to ... Matt Moore?

Maybe not the best idea, but to each their own.

The Dolphins obviously saw something they liked in Moore, who was dreadful for a horrific Carolina team. Or, they saw something they didn't like in the more talented Orton.

Orton has lost his job to Tim Tebow in Denver and was thought to be heading to the Dolphins.

Moore got a two-year, $5 million contract from Miami.

Chad Henne and rookie Pat Devlin complete -- at least for now -- the quarterback picture in South Florida.

That should please fans of teams in their division who all now probably should be better than the Dolphins.

Yes, even the Bills.

Apparently Miami wasn't offering enough for Orton and the Broncos weren't willing to give him away.

To be fair to Moore, he has battled injuries and should be better on a better team, but Orton would have been a better option, providing Denver was being reasonable in what it was asking.

But Miami's owner pays the bills and according to reports, he didn't think Orton was enough of an upgrade over Henne or Moore to make a trade for.

HARRISON'S MEA CULPA

Apparently, James Harrison feels bad about tearing a strip off of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recently.

The Pittsburgh linebacker has apologized for his savaging of Goodell in August's Men's Journal, where he called him a "crook" and a lot worse.

"The interview that I did and the comments that I made about Roger Goodell were inappropriate, at the least," Harrison told reporters on Friday.

"They were way out of line, and I was speaking out of anger and frustration at the time. Any comments that I made that offended anyone, I apologize."

It is not too shocking that Harrison went over the line, but usually he just does it on the field.

Harrison received $100,000 in fines last year, most for leading with his head on hits and the comments seemed to be due to frustration at Goodell lifting so much out of his wallet.

Harrison added that comments he made dissing teammates Ben Roethlisberger and Rashard Mendenhall in the same article are: "All behind us. Those comments were taken out of context with a long conversation. It's not anything I haven't talked to those guys about or my teammates about."

BROKEN PROMISES

The New York Giants reported for camp on Friday minus Osi Umenyiora.

The defensive end is holding out for a new deal because he thinks he is worth more than the two years and $8 million remaining on his current deal.

If he doesn't show up on Saturday Omenyiora will start getting fined $30,000 a day.

The Giants have made it clear to the big man that they want him, but they need to show him the money because the platitudes apparently aren't working.

ESPN speculated that Baltimore would make sense as a landing spot for Umenyiora should the Giants opt to solve the problem with a trade.

He was involved in the Tom Brady vs. NFL antitrust lawsuit and claims New York's general manager had promised him three years ago that he would get a new, large deal if he was still playing at the same level in two years.

The team have signed fellow DE Mathias Kwanuka, further complicating the situation and has depth at the position.

Stranger things have happened, but it looks like Umenyiora is done with the Giants.

CAUTIOUS WITH MANNING

Indianapolis isn't taking any chances with superstar quarterback Peyton Manning.

Manning is being kept off the field for at least a week due to a slow recovery from the neck surgery he underwent in May.

Obviously, he's not ready right now, but nobody works harder and is more dedicated than him, when he's ready, we'll turn him loose," Colts coach Jim Caldwell told reporters Friday.

Manning had to sit out training camp in 2008 thanks to knee troubles that resulted in a pair of surgeries.

He also went under the knife for neck surgery in March of 2010.

The Colts are trying to work out an extension with Manning that will see him spend his entire career with the club. They made Manning their franchise player, meaning he would make $23 million this season but both sides would prefer a long-term extension.

Manning told the Indianapolis Star he is willing to take less in order to have a chance at another Super Bowl.

"While I appreciate (Colts owner) Jim Irsay offering to make me the highest-paid player, I told him I'd rather he save that money ... I'm willing to take less than they've offered if they are going to take that money to keep players we need to keep and go get other players," Manning said.

THOSE POOR BUNGLES

Cincinnati has had a tough run both on and off the field for a long time now and 2011 is shaping up to be a disaster between the lines.

The Bengals released defensive end Antwan Odom because he is constantly injured. That's a pretty big blow because Odom has been very good when he actually plays.

He's the latest loss for a team that put its star quarterback, Carson Palmer, on the reserved/did not report list, traded its former superstar wide receiver Chad Ochocinco to New England and lost elite cornerback Johnathan Joseph to free agency.

The team did manage to sign running back Brian Leonard for two years, keeping him in the fold.

The bad news for Bengals fans? They are going to be awful. Winning two games might be a challenge.

The good news? Andrew Luck, the Stanford quarterback who stayed in school should be a pretty good replacement for Palmer, if they can manage to be worse than the NFL's other dregs.


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