Pen is about to hit paper. There’s just too much green for the NFL’s 2011 season not to happen.
The Miami Dolphins currently have $13.6 million in cap space, with the ability to create more by restructuring the contracts of several veteran players. They will have enough cash to be legitimate players in the free agency market, which should commence in the next few weeks.
Although there are many needs, none is of more importance than quarterback. Incumbent Chad Henne hasn’t shown the signs he can lead this team to greatness. Not yet and maybe not ever.
Below are the passers who Miami should be able to pursue either in free agency or through trade.
It will take a high draft pick to pry him away from Philly, and I’m thankful for it. His value has somehow skyrocketed after 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions through four seasons. In his last two starts, he posted atrocious quarterback ratings of 56.9 and 37.0. Why everyone is so high on this kid is beyond me.
Without question Young has the most upside of the quarterbacks who will be available. The Titans will save $12.5 million in cap space by releasing the former Longhorn. A proven winner at every level combined with his ability to make plays with his feet may be too potent to pass up.
The question is whether the Fins will roll the dice on another player with off-field issues? My gut is telling me no, unfortunately.
How Denver feels about Tim Tebow as their starting quarterback will dictate Orton’s availability. Orton played pretty well in Denver over the last couple of seasons with a depletion in talent around him. He’s a clear step up from Henne and still has a lot left in the tank at 28. Would Miami sacrifice higher than a third-round pick to acquire him?
Although Cincinnati management insists they won”t give in to Palmer’s “Trade me or I’ll retire” demand, I remain skeptical. Regardless, do you really want an overrated, injury-prone quarterback like Palmer leading your team after a childish offseason?
A band-aid quarterback with a max shelf life of two years. Sports Illustrated‘s Peter King and NFL Network‘s Michael Lombardi both insist he’s got a good chance of landing in Miami. I like him more than Henne.
But is McNabb, who turns 35 in November, good enough at this stage of his career to get them over the top and into contention? After his season in Washington last year I’m highly skeptical.
Just seeing if you’re still awake.
Thirty-five years old and hasn’t passed for more touchdowns than interceptions in three years.
Too much of an unknown to be thrust into this depressing offense.
It’s not a good time to be a Dolphins fan. May the football gods have mercy on your poor, ravaged souls.
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