Quarterback David Garrard signed a one-year contract Monday with the Miami Dolphins and said he was told he'll be given a shot at the starting job.
The Dolphins reached agreement with the former Jacksonville Jaguars QB after failed courtships with Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn. They also hosted San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith for a visit Sunday and may still consider signing him.
Garrard said he expects to compete for the starting job with incumbent Matt Moore and perhaps another quarterback the Dolphins acquire.
Miami safety Yeremiah Bell was told he'll be released to create cap space, a person familiar with the discussions said. The person confirmed the discussions to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Dolphins hadn't announced a move.
The 34-year-old Garrard, a starter for Jacksonville from 2005-10, didn't play last season. He was released five days before the opener by the Jaguars, and the Dolphins courted him last year after quarterback Ch...