Dolphins need Pete Kendall at LG
You guys know that Kendall asked to have his contract redone by the Jets this offseason. Despite the fact the guy's a stud, the Jets declined, and that made Kendall quite mad enough that he asked for his release.
The Jets didn't release him but they will unless they are able to trade him. Why do I know this? Because that divorce train has left the station and it is turbocharged.
Kendall reported to New York only because he didn't want to give the team approximately $14,000 per day in fines. He said this. But the team is screwing with Kendall and that is apparent in that they housed him in the rookie dorm and today when practices began, Kendall was running with the second team.
You think Kendall feels bitterness against Gang Green?
"Yeah, I sure do," he told NY reporters today. "I've asked for my release again. I don't understand why I'm still here. I've clearly expressed that I don't want to be here. I'm running with the second team. It's seemingly evolved into something personal. I show up and I'm assigned to the rookie dorm. I don't get that.''
Kendall met with coach Eric Mangini and told him in no uncertain terms that he wants out. "The last time we spoke," Kendall said, "it ended with me saying, 'I don't know what else to tell you, Eric. I don't want to be here anymore.''
And that leads me to YOUR Dolphins.
The Dolphins solution to their starting left guard position is nine-year veteran Chris Liwienski and rookie Drew Mormino.
Liwienski was sacked (pardon the pun) from the Arizona Cardinals offensive line this off-season. You remember the Cards offensive line, don't you? It's the line that turned Edgerrin James from a Pro Bowl player into a below average running back.
Anyway Liwienski is projected as the starter when camp practices start Saturday. And Mormino, bless his heart, may some day be a fine player. But today is not that day. He's a sixth-round pick who played mostly center in college. So given his lack of NFL experience, lack of experience at the position, and lack of experience in Miami's offensive system, you understand how he's going to need some time to grow.
The answer then? Kendall, people!!!
I grant you Kendall is 34 years old and that doesn't exactly mean the guy will be in his prime. But the Dolphins went out and got a quarterback who is three years older. And yes, Kendall wants to make around $2.8 million. I'm sure the Dolphins could work that number down somewhat and, bottom line, quality players cost money.
Kendall is just the guy to bring some nastiness to Miami's OL. He has a history with GM Randy Mueller dating back to their Seattle days, and it would be great to deliver a fresh one across the face of the Jets by getting one of their starting-caliber linemen.
Of course this isn't going to happen if Kendall is traded because the Jets probably won't send a player to a division rival. But who knows? Maybe they would. And who knows? Maybe the salary cap hit of a trade forces NY to cut Kendall outright.
And if he's in any way available, the Dolphins need to get him.