A short time ago, the Miami Dolphins parted ways with veteran quarterback Trent Green; the player they traded for last year to be their starter.
The team is unlikely to re-sign Cleo Lemon which leaves last year’s second round pick John Beck as the most experienced passer on the team. Even if the team uses a draft pick on another quarterback, the Dolphins will likely seek a veteran player who, at very least, will provide insurance if Beck fails as a starter and more than likely will get a shot at being the starter.
Here’s a look at the players the Dolphins might pursue.
Drew Bledsoe – Bledsoe has been out of football since being cut by the Dallas Cowboys last off season. He is familiar with both Bill Parcells and new head coach Tony Sparano and knows the offense that is being implemented.
However, Bledsoe has little mobility; something that will be problematic behind a re-building offensive line and it’s unclear whether he wants to return to football considering he reportedly turned down offers from several teams last season.
Jake Plummer – Plummer isn’t the best quarterback out there but he had decent success with the Denver Broncos and still has the skills needed to play.
However, he has insisted he is retired and, if the Dolphins do persuade him to return, they would have to give compensation to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Chris Simms – With Jeff Garcia firmly in place as the Buccaneers starter, Tampa Bay will likely listen to offers for their former starter. Simms has shown flashes of ability and could be a solid starter for the Dolphins for a reasonable price. However, he has also been a bit injury prone; something that has slowed his development.
Rex Grossman – For all his faults, Grossman did take the Chicago Bears to the Super Bowl just a little over a season ago. If given a solid running game, he could be a decent starter for the Dolphins with the ability to win games if needed. However, he does also show a lack of discipline at times and that would be something that would need to be addressed.
Daunte Culpepper – Culpepper was cut by former Dolphins coach Cam Cameron last season and, in Oakland, had a few decent games. He’s not a guy who is going to make a lot of highlight reels any more but he is showing some maturity now and can be a good game manager if asked. On the down-side, he has never been a very accurate passer and won’t be able to rely on his running skills as much as he did earlier in his career.