What is David Garrard's role in Miami?

The Miami Dolphins' once-promising quarterback search started at the top with Peyton Manning and potentially ended Monday night with former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback David Garrard. That, in a nutshell, sums up Miami's rough offseason.

The Dolphins have agreed to a one-year contract with Garrard, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. After failing to land Manning, Robert Griffin III and Matt Flynn, Miami signed a 34-year-old quarterback who missed all of 2011 with a back injury.

Do the Dolphins really think Garrard can be a viable starter next season? According to Garrard, he was told he will have a chance to compete for the starting job.

This is yet another wild and zany move by the Dolphins. It's hard to tell what the front office is thinking these days. The plan seems to change daily.

If there is a silver lining, it's that signing a veteran such as Garrard most likely rules out Miami also signing Alex Smith or trading for Tim Tebow. Both options would have been mistakes. It appears Miami will go with Matt Moore, Garrard and potentially a rookie draft pick at quarterback in 2012.

Still, it must be painful for Dolphins fans to watch this team -- which entered the offseason with so much promise -- take itself out of contention months before the season starts.

The Dolphins continue to appear lost and grasping at straws.