Donnie Edwards to the Dolphins?
The Dolphins are an NFL team not in the AFC West and they need a linebacker.
The rumors about Miami going after Donnie Edwards will soon take root.
But they will not bear fruit. Edwards has more tackles than anyone not named Zach Thomas the last seven seasons. He is a steady player.
But he is 33 years old now and apparently declining. He is also something of a locker room question mark, never shy about complaining about how much (or little, in his mind) he's getting paid. He signed a four-year contract in 2002 for $18.75 million and has asked for a raise each of the last three seasons.
That contract, in part, is a reason he may not be traded because a team would have to absorb a $3.5 million cap hit. Sure, Edwards could agree to renegotiate the deal, but that would mean giving him a big signing bonus and signing him to a multi-year extension to bring the cap hit down.
Where's the logic in that? The Dolphins already took on an aging San Diego linebacker a few years ago and that didn't exactly pay off, did it?
Oh, and there's another potential snag in getting Edwards: The Chargers aren't giving him away. They want a mid-round draft pick and the Dolphins simply don't have a fifth or sixth round pick to give away.