As far as the Dolphins go, they’ll be signing (or possibly trading for) a quarterback once they’re able to do so – this has been made clear by both GM Jeff Ireland and Head Coach Tony Sparano all summer. Chad Henne is going to have some kind of competition.
So the question, of course, is who will the Fins bring in? I don’t have that answer, but here is part one of a two part series on 10 of the quarterbacks that may or may not be available once player movement finally begins…
Carson Palmer (Cincinnati): He seems, to me at least, like the most attractive option out there. A proven vet who could come in, pick things up pretty quickly, and make things happen. But he’s not going anywhere. Palmer has stated repeatedly that he’d rather retire than play another year for the Bengals and the team owner, Mike Brown, is as dug-in as he possibly could be as far as not wanting to trade him. Seems like the stalemate will “end” with Palmer chilling on the beach in 2011.
Donovan McNabb (Washington): Like Palmer, McNabb is still under contract. Unlike Palmer, he will be dealt. For reasons far beyond my comprehension, Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan seems set on using John Beck as his starting quarterback and so McNabb will be dealt or perhaps even released. While I do think McNabb has some gas left in the tank, he would seem to be a weird fit here in Miami and I’ve heard very little buzz about the possibility of the Dolphins acquiring him. Some have suggested that there could be a protracted stare-off between Shanny and McNabb, but I do expect him to be dealt at some point.
Kevin Kolb (Philadelphia): A former teammate of McNabb’s, Kolb appears to be headed towards a similar fate. With Michael Vick in place, Andy Reid is ready to cash in on another QB transaction and send Kolb off to the highest bidder. Arizona and Seattle continue to be the places most mentioned when it comes to possible landing spots, which makes sense. I feel like a lot of fans’ love for Kolb is more about the fact that they’ve barely seen him and not about how good he actually is/might be. We’ll see…
Marc Bulger (Baltimore): This is the guy I really like, simply because I want to see Chad Henne succeed. And to be successful, Henne needs to play. Bulger could come in, push him, teach him, nurture him, and be there as a security blanket if things go badly or if there’s an injury. He’s wise and still physically capable. Not the sexiest name out there, but one I like for 2011.
Tyler Thigpen (Miami): Thigpen may or may not be on the Dolphins roster when the CBA situation is finally clarified, but he’s obviously part of the conversation either way. To me, Thigpen is the complete opposite of Kolb: we know exactly what he is. The body of work is there. What he is may or may not fit the future of the Dolphins but I certainly wouldn’t be opposed to having him around but I don’t know that I would feel comfortable saying he’s any kind of long-term solution.
Check back next week for Part 2, when we’ll look at Vince Young, Kyle Orton, Matt Hasselbeck, Terrelle Pryor and Matt Moore. Also, if you’re interested in some of the available running backs, you may enjoy this story.
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