2017 NFL free agents: Do Dolphins need a backup quarterback?

Colin Kaepernick is arguably the best QB still available. (Getty Images)

The Dolphins were better positioned than most teams would be when starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill went down with a knee injury late last season. Matt Moore, a nine-year veteran, stepped in to win three of the last four regular-season games for Miami before it got drilled by Pittsburgh in the first round of the playoffs.

Moore put up a 105.6 passer rating and ran essentially the same offense Miami had with Tannehill. The Dolphins probably wouldn’t have made the postseason without him. That said, he’ll be 33 when next season begins, and Tannehill is coming off a major knee injury.

If Miami is interested in making a change at backup quarterback, here are some options still available on the free agent market:

Colin Kaepernick
Kaepernick remains unsigned for what appear to be non-football reasons. Josh McCown (one year, $6 million), Landry Jones (two years, $4.4 million) and Matt Barkley (two years, $4 million) all got picked up, and none were as productive as him. Kaepernick had 16 touchdown passes, four interceptions and 468 rushing yards last season.

Robert Griffin III
Griffin, 27, has been in decline since winning Rookie of the Year in 2012. He’s coming off season wrecked by a shoulder injury with Cleveland, which cut him two weeks ago.

Case Keenum
Keenum, 29, made nine starts for the Rams last year and had nine touchdowns, 11 interceptions and averaged 220.1 yards per game. He was sacked 23 times.

Jay Cutler
Even with his baggage, Cutler seems like he should be a starting quarterback. However, no one’s biting. That might change once a few other dominoes fall, particularly Tony Romo. But if he’s willing to accept a backup role at 34 years old, a reunion with Adam Gase could make sense.

Matt McGloin
McGloin, 27, got one start for the Raiders last year, made 15 pass attempts before hurting his shoulder. He’s played sparingly since his rookie season 2013. He played for $2.5 million last season.

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