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Finsiders Mailbag, 6/9/11
By on June 9, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Free Agency Questions for Jesse Agler…

Chris Boyle (Facebook): Once the lockout ends will the Dolphins go after a quarterback?

Jesse Agler: Absolutely. They pretty much have to just from a roster standpoint. Right now, Chad Henne is under contract. That’s it. There’s a chance (depending on what the new CBA says) that Tyler Thigpen will be back after he was tendered, but I would guess that the new rules will make him a free agent when they new league year starts. The Fins also have Tom Brandstater under a future’s contract, but that certainly won’t stop them from looking to add to this position.

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John Laconte & Brad Bymer (Facebook): I want to know what it’ll take to get Carson Palmer.

Jesse: At this point, it will take a major change of heart by Bengals owner Mike Brown. Notoriously stubborn, Brown has made it abundantly clear that he will not trade Palmer. And Palmer has made it just as clear that he will not play another down as a Bengal. So if both men stay true to their word, expect Palmer to retire. And if he ever decides to comeback after retirement, Cincinnati would still own his rights, and we’d start this game all over again. Bottom line–Brown would have to be presented with a trade option that would be worth him going back on his word.

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Chris Whatley (Facebook): We need Dan Marino back!!! Best QB ever…just sayin.

Jesse: And I need to win the Powerball. Unfortunately for Dolphins fans, the odds are far more likely that I do than Marino (or anyone as good) steps onto the field anytime soon…just sayin’.

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@Zach_Dolphan (Twitter): Is the hope now that Chad Henne will be better with an improved offensive line?

Jesse: Yeah, Zach, that’s definitely part of the plan. Remember, though, it isn’t just about the o-line. They’ve also added a stretch the field receiver in Clyde Gates, a bruising running back in Daniel Thomas, and a playmaking h-back in Charles Clay. These guys should all make Henne better–and we haven’t even had free agency yet!

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Jason Broadt (Facebook): Which possibly available QB would be the best fit for the Fins (Matt Hasselbeck, Vince Young, Kevin Kolb, Donovan McNabb, etc.)?

Jesse: This is a great question and I don’t claim to have “the” answer, but here’s what I think: Hasselbeck goes to Tennessee, though I think he would be a definite fit here in Miami–I think he could give Henne some good competition and also serve in a pseudo-Chad Pennington role as far as off-field leadership and guidance. Young is a wild card. High risk/high reward. I’ve never been a big Kolb fan and it sounds like Arizona is the most likely destination for him. McNabb interests me more than he probably should, as he appears to be a shadow of his former self. I also don’t know if his style fits what the Fins are looking to do on offense.

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Mike Tantarelli (Facebook): I say we re-sign Ricky Williams and look to shore up the secondary.

Jesse: As far as Ricky goes, I just can’t imagine he’s the Dolphins’ top target at that position. Personally, I’d love to see them bring in a smaller/quicker guy, like a Darren Sproles, to complement rookie Daniel Thomas. I wouldn’t be shocked if Ronnie Brown returned, but I’d say odds are pretty long for a Ricky reunion. Funny that you mention the secondary–I get this a LOT and I just don’t get it. Vontae Davis and Sean Smith are really good young corners, Will Allen is coming back, plus you have some solid role players there, guys like Benny Sapp. At safety, Yeremiah Bell still gets it done at one spot and at the other, Chris Clemons is serviceable and you may have a budding star in Reshad Jones (this is the training camp position battle I’m most looking forward to). I don’t see addressing the secondary as a high priority and in fact I kind of love the unit.


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