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Report: Dolphins won't attempt to re-sign Henne

Posted on: February 21, 2012 9:42 pm
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Henne's career in Miami ends after four uninspiring seasons. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

We spent a good part of the latest Pick-6 Podcast talking about where Chad Henne will play in 2012 because while Miami's front office hasn't come out and said it, it's a foregone conclusion that he played his last game for the Dolphins in Week 4 before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury.

On Tuesday, a league source told the South Florida Sun Sentinel's Omar Kelly that Dolphins won't be making Henne an offer. Which means that the unrestricted free agent will be free to hawk his wares to any of the other 31 NFL teams.


In early January, Henne, the Dolphins' 2008 second-round pick, said he would "love" to return to Miami. But the 13-18 career record as a starter and the career-best 79.0 passer rating through four games of the 2011 season were two good reasons for the organization to continue its search for the next franchise quarterback.

“Chad has done what we’ve asked him to do," Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said at the Senior Bowl last month according to Kelly. "I like Chad personally very well. He’s very smart. Very intelligent. Very tough. A football guy. He loves being around the game and is a very good teammate. But this football team didn’t win enough games when he was quarterback here.

"But that doesn’t mean he did everything wrong, or right. If he goes somewhere else, Chad’s a good football player. He can play in this league.”

While Henne won't have trouble finding work, barring an extraordinary set of circumstances, it won't be as a starter. (CBSSports.com's Will Brinson pegs the Chiefs, Jets and Broncos as possible destinations.)

As for the Dolphins, two names are often mentioned at the top of their wish list: Peyton Manning (who owner Stephen Ross is reportedly infatuated with) and Matt Flynn, who knows new head coach Joe Philbin well from their time together in Green Bay.

Flynn might make the most sense because he's familiar with Philbin's offense and hasn't had four neck surgeries. But Manning would give the Dolphins something they haven't had since Dan Marino retired: one of the league's best quarterbacks. The only difference is that Manning's best days could be behind him. Exacerbating matters: we won't know one way or the other for weeks, maybe months.

One thing is for certain, however: Henne's career in Miami is officially over.

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Since: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2012 8:51 am
 

Report: Dolphins won't attempt to re-sign Henne

Chad Henne never looked like a pro started to me. He is at best a good insurance policy for a capable backup.





Since: Jun 3, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2012 8:30 am
 

Report: Dolphins won't attempt to re-sign Henne

What are you baseing this  on?   His career at michigan can be summed up exactly the same.  4 uninspiring years.  Hes big, strong, with a good arm.  Yet he has proven he is wildly inconsistent and usually down more than up.  He is a career backup in the nfl nothing more.  



Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: February 22, 2012 7:05 am
 

Report: Dolphins won't attempt to re-sign Henne

Chad Henne is one of those guys that does poorly with his first team then suddenly becomes a Pro-Bowler with the next. Don't count him out yet. I think he needs to start off as a back-up then when the opportunity comes, he'll be ready



Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2012 7:03 am
 

Report: Dolphins won't attempt to re-sign Henne

I am not a Tim Tebow fan at all, but the Broncos do not need to bring Chad Henne into Denver.  We need to bring in a real  quarterback, not a bunch of back ups.  If we do that Tebow will win the job again by default. 



Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2012 6:52 am
 

Report: Dolphins won't attempt to re-sign Henne

On Tuesday, a league source told the South Florida Sun Sentinel's Omar Kelly that Dolphins won't be making Henne an offer. Which means that the unrestricted free agent will be free to hawk his wares to any of the other 31 NFL teams.

I am often cautious when news come from undisclosed sources. You know how creative journalists can be when they need to draw attention. But, supposing that's true, I wonder who will Miami run to for a solid QB position. Please don't say Peyton yet...



Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 3:40 am
 

Report: Dolphins won't attempt to re-sign Henne

Taking Flynn, eh? Peyton won't be available anyway, so it's just as well.
Good luck with that Miami...



Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 2:01 am
 

Report: Dolphins won't attempt to re-sign Henne

Chad Henne had a 60.7 completion percentage but more interceptions than touchdowns. His career quarterback rating was an under average 75.7. He would make one boneheaded for every two good throws in any given game. He cold not read a blitz if his life depended on it and he could not move around in the pocket.

He was given plenty of chances to succeed but never rose to the occasion. It's time to move on. New head coach, new offensive coordinator and Matt Moore is still a better option than Henne.



Since: Aug 8, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2012 1:07 am
 

Report: Dolphins won't attempt to re-sign Henne

Pencil in whoever you like, Jeff Ireland is still part of the process. Expect that genius to put his mark on this, and that can only spell Dolphin disaster.



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2012 12:55 am
 

Report: Dolphins won't attempt to re-sign Henne

Well they replaced the coaches, which I think was the bigger problem. While I don't think Henne is great or even has the potential to be great, he will probably play better at his next stop. If I'm Henne, I try to play for the Eagles or Packers for a year or two and then go for a big payday after learning in those systems. Both those starting QBs are also always injured every year so he'd get a chance to start, and both teams are stacked with talent and speed. Rodgers seems to have learned how to slide and get the ball out quicker now though, something Vick still hasn't figured out and so still gets injured for.

The Dolphins can easily contend for 2nd place in the AFCE next season. The Jets and Bills are both pretty bad.



Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:09 pm
 

Report: Dolphins won't attempt to re-sign Henne

Hear this from an over-educated Fins fan since 1966.  One of the following QB's (if not 2) will be on the Fins roster by the start of training camp:  P Manning, Flynn, or Tannehill.  It's a no-brainer.  Henne will probably be looking to be one of the highest paid back-ups in the league and why should the Fins waste money on him when Moore played so well last year.  We saw plenty of Henne.  As the Fin's management has clearly stated, he is a good QB not a great one.  He throws way too many interceptions and will never lead any team to a SB (unless they are the 2000/2001 Ravens).  Keeping him would be a luxury the team can't afford.  It's possible that the team could end up with Manning and Tannehill to learn behind him for a couple of years.  You are still (like a lot of naive fans) underestimating the value of a top-notch QB.  This has changed tremendously in just the last couple of years.  No team (in the next 15 years at least) will win the SB without an elite QB so if you want to compete, you better do everything you can to upgrade that position.    


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