Pete Kendall derby is over and Dolphins don't win
There's no doubt the Dolphins would have loved to add Kendall to their offensive line. He's tough, savvy, gritty and just plain solid. The only way the Dolphins had a chance to get Kendall after he went to Washington was for him to fail the physical. Despite being sidelined with a shoulder injury the past couple of days, Kendall passed the exam.
Meanwhile, I wouldn't blame Miami management for not getting Kendall. It's not the Dolphins fault the Jets preferred to deal with a team outside the division -- even if the Redskins and Jets do play this season. And although the Dolphins had a conversation with the Jets about making the trade, they were not about to pay a ransom for a player who has maybe two fine years left in his career.
The Redskins will deliver to New York a fifth-round pick in 2008 if Kendall plays 80 percent of the downs this year.
I would like to know if you're disappointed? I would like to know if you think the Dolphins will be better off without Kendall in the long term because not having him means younger players will get more snaps? I would like to know how optimistic/pessimistic you are about Miami's OL as it is shaped now?
One final thing: Regardless of the fact the Dolphins didn't get this good player, Dolfans can take solace that one of their division rivals is diminished by this trade.