The Miami Dolphins were in discussions with quarterbacks David Garrard and Jake Delhomme this week, league sources said Tuesday, but sides couldn't agree on a deal, and the prospects of a contract now aren't great.
Miami had significant interest in signing one of the veterans, with the team struggling at 0-4 and quarterback Chad Henne dealing with a shoulder injury that might threaten his season.
The Dolphins are continuing efforts to sign a veteran Tuesday afternoon, sources said, including attempts to rekindle discussions with Garrard.
However, the team has been unwilling to guarantee any of the base salary in its offers, sources said, and with the situation there so dire and the status of coach Tony Sparano an ongoing issue, veterans have looked for some sort of gesture that they would be around for more than just a week or two.
Garrard, a longtime starter in Jacksonville who was slated to make upwards of $9 million in 2011 before being released just before the start of the regular season, could end up signed for $1.5 million to $2 million and has been looking for at least a portion of that to be guaranteed.