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NFL Free Agency Rumors: Tracking the Latest Buzz on QB Chad Henne

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 02:  Quarterback Chad Henne #7 of the Miami Dolphins throws a pass against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 2, 2011 in San Diego, California.    The Chargers won 26-16.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Cian FaheyFeatured ColumnistMarch 14, 2012

Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne has been somewhat of a hot commodity on this year's free-agent market.

The New York Jets were his initial suitors with his former head coach Tony Sparano now running the offense under Rex Ryan. The Jets initially contacted him yesterday, relatively quickly after the beginning of free agency I might add, as they search for a new backup for Mark Sanchez:

The Jets' chances here don't appear promising. The Jaguars apparently are concerned about second-year QB Blaine Gabbert, so Henne would have a much better chance of competing for the starting job there as opposed to the Jets, who just gave Mark Sanchez a contract extension. The Jaguars could offer $4 million per year, and there's no way the Jets will go that high.

While the Jaguars do make a lot of sense for the simple reasoning that Blaine Gabbert impressed very few people as a rookie, Jacksonville wouldn't be the ideal spot for Henne because of the lack of talent that would be in place around him.

It was quickly announced yesterday that Henne would be visiting the Jaguars, but by the close of the first official day of free agency another team had emerged. In fact, another team which is a perfect fit for the young quarterback.

Henne is expected to also visit the Seattle Seahawks. Unlike the Jaguars, the Seahawks likely wouldn't give Henne the starting job, but unlike the Jets, they also wouldn't designate him as a backup from day one. In Seattle, Henne would have the opportunity to compete with Tarvaris Jackson for the starting role.

During his time in Miami, Henne showed off that he has a huge arm even if his accuracy and consistency still needed to develop for his all-around passing game to be effective. In Seattle, Henne's arm strength would make him a perfect fit in their vertical offense which will be based off of Marshawn Lynch's tough running.

Throwing a lot on play-action could really suit Henne and see him flourish for Darrell Bevell.

Even though he visited Jacksonville first, that shouldn't really impact where Henne ultimately lands. He is scheduled to arrive in Seattle today according to the Seattle Times:

The news the Seahawks have scheduled a visit from a free-agent quarterback is not surprising. The fact that it's Chad Henne — and not Matt Flynn — caught plenty of people off guard, though...Henne, 26, is scheduled to visit Jacksonville before departing for Seattle, where he's expected to arrive Wednesday.

While most Seattle fans are hoping for another quarterback, either Peyton Manning or Matt Flynn, neither of those candidates look likely for the Seahawks right now as Manning meets with the Tennessee Titans and Matt Flynn is in discussions with the Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins.

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