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Maddox to Miami?

Former Steelers QB Tommy Maddox visiting Miami Dolphins.

Quarterback Tommy Maddox, who was cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers, will visit the Dolphins today, one day after it became clear two more options will also be available.

On Monday, the Philadelphia Eagles released Mike McMahon and the Detroit Lions said they also planned to part ways with Joey Harrington.

McMahon, 27, was released three days after the Eagles signed Jeff Garcia as their new backup. However, Maddox could be considered an early favorite because of his relationship with Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey, who coached the quarterback during a three-year stint in Pittsburgh.

While Mularkey was offensive coordinator of the Steelers in 2002, Maddox helped the Steelers make the playoffs in his most successful season. He later lost his starting job to Ben Roethlisberger in the 2004 season. Maddox was scheduled to earn $900,000 this season and $1.3 million in 2007 before he was released by the Steelers.

Interesting. I had assumed that Maddox had played his last game in the NFL as a Steeler, and that no one would sign him at this stage. However, out of all the teams that could have interest, Miami makes sense. The connection between Mike Mularky and Tommy Maddox makes this more advantageous for the Dolphins than it would be normally. Despite his bad performance as a backup this year, Maddox could have some advantages. He has NFL experience, knows Mularky’s system, and still has the ability to throw the ball. However, he is not that moble, and his recent accuracy has left much to be desired.

One could do worse signing a backup, I suppose. After all, that’s why they aren’t the starters.

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