Trent Green is not the answer
But that's where I kind of depart from the logic of wanting Trent Green.
I know the Dolphins today do not have a quarterback they are completely confident in as their starter. Daunte Culpepper is the probability, but by all reports, he still is not completely healthy. Cleo Lemon is a possibility but he hasn't exactly proven he's starting caliber material in his three seasons.
So, I guess, that is the reason for liking Green. Sort of.
(Wednesday afternoon update: The Houston Texans have traded for Atlanta quarterback Matt Schaub, meaning incumbant starter David Carr could soon be on the trade block. Here's an idea that was previously visited on this blog: DOLPHINS, GO GET DAVID CARR!!!!)
But here are the reasons for NOT liking Green:
He is coming off his worst season with the Chiefs, an injury-plagued season that is probably still a fog to Green because he missed eight starts with a concussion. Even after the cobwebs cleared he managed only 7 TD passes versus nine interceptions and had a 74.1 rating that was his worst in five years.
The performance was so bad the Chiefs basically have told Green, you can return to KC as a backup, but our commitment is to Damon Huard, a career journeyman, and Brodie Croyle, a guy who has thrown seven NFL passes.
Green still wants to start so he's looking for work elsewhere. It should say something that no one, including the Dolphins, have stepped up and traded for Green. So the guy isn't even worth a seventh-round draft pick?
Even if Green comes as a free agent should the Chiefs release him, how can the Dolphins offer him a chance to start? That offer could send chilling messages to both Culpepper and Lemon and could cause a problem in the locker room.
Do the Dolphins throw all three into a competitive mix? That is a grenade waiting to explode. It didn't work in the Jay Fiedler and A.J. Feeley and Brian Griese days and the odds would be against it working here.
And even if Cam Cameron can soothe everyone's ego, I still come back to the fact Green will be 37 years old in July. So how much gas does the guy have left in the tank?
I know the Dolphins need bodies at the position. But perspective should be kept in that filling the vacancy with an aging guy is a band aid on a footlong gash. The Dolphins aren't going to make a Super Bowl run in 2007 so they should use that year to find a young quarterback in the draft and start polishing him.
The draft screams at the Dolphins to pick a young quarterback, maybe in the second or third round if a worthy first-rounder isn't available, and get the kid ready to make some sort of impact in the years to come.
This coming season, meanwhile, is key for the other quarterbacks on Miami's roster. The Dolphins absolutely must find out if Culpepper is going to be his old self again. If the answer is yes, then everything's great. If not, the Dolphins absolutely must find out if Lemon is the real deal.
The Dolphins need answers to these questions THIS YEAR. And getting those answers does not leave much room for a Trent Green.
That's another reason bringing Green to Miami seems to be a lark that by all logical reason should not fly.
(Wednesday afternoon update: The Texans have acquired Matt Shaub from the Falcons for draft picks. What does this mean for the Dolphins? Well, Houston starter David Carr will be traded in the coming weeks. If I'm the Dolphins I'm all over this situation. David Carr for a first-day pick that isn't a first-rounder? In a heartbeat!!!)