Chris Chambers is NOT on the trading block
When I asked for confirmation on the story which was reported by usually reliable reporter Adam Schefter, my source refuted the story and asked a simple question: "Who would we play?"
Umm, good point.
So despite the report Miami's best receiver is on the block, don't buy it. But buy this: This is probably the last season Marty Booker and Chris Chambers play for the Miami Dolphins.
I have confirmed that Booker really was on the trade block earlier this summer and although Chambers is NOT on the block now, he could very well find himself there after this season.
The Dolphins have pretty much decided they want younger, faster, quicker, more explosive receivers and neither Chambers nor Booker fit that mold.
The Dolphins also are in a salary-cap bind with both in that Chambers has a $7 million cap charge next year to go along with a scheduled $5.1 million base salary. This while Booker will cost Miami $5.19 million against the cap to go along with a $4.3 million base salary.
That's over $9 million in base salary and over $12 million in cap charges for 2008.
It might be worth it if both players were in their prime AND were the type of receivers the Dolphins now value -- speedy, quick, able to score from anywhere on the field. That is not the case.
So this season will be the farewell tour for the stalwarts barring a salary adjustment (meaning a pay cut) for one or both in 2008.