Chris Chambers to remain with Dolphins
Not because you're upset the team is cutting some vets, but because you're upset at the absence of one player from that list of cuts: Chris Chambers.
Seems Chambers has not endeared himself to the mob with the pitchforks and lanterns, and now, you've made your way up to the castle steps and are demanding his head, too.
Sorry, but it won't happen.
Now before you turn your anger on me, let me say that I understand your frustration with Chambers. He's got a lot of talent. He makes circus catches at times. But he's consistently inconsistent, dropping passes, and even disappearing at crucial times.
I cannot account for the number of dropped passes which last year was pushing double-digits. But, otherwise, Chambers is a solid player who can really be a fine player in the right system with the right QB.
I believe the Dolphins will eventually get to the right system. Mike Mularkey's dumbed-down offense simply didn't work last year and its inability to move Chambers around and make him a focal point of the passing game is one reason the former offensive coordinator has been demoted for the second consecutive year -- from Bills head coach, to Dolphins OC, to Dolphins position coach.
I believe with certainty that Chambers, who is always healthy, who works hard to succeed, who is a good representative of the team off the field, deserves a chance to play in an NFL system that isn't hamstrung by bad quarterbacking or play-calling or, even bad coordinating.
Will he still drop some passes? Probably.
But will he be frustratingly maringalized because other teams roll coverages to him and the Dolphins don't do anything to counter? No.
So Chambers will remain with the Dolphins in 2007, his $7.9 million cap number notwithstanding. The Dolphins probably will adjust that number somehow later this offseason, but it won't be at the end of a shotgun loaded with the threat of taking a pay cut or the door out of Miami.
That's because the Dolphins believe that still largely untapped talent Chambers offers is not worthy of getting cut.