Blog Entry

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

Posted on: February 21, 2012 9:42 pm
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. ('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.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnNFL on Twitter, subscribe to our NFL newsletter, and while you're at it, add our RSS Feed

Since: May 18, 2010
Posted on: February 21, 2012 10:59 pm

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

Henne was terrible--good riddance!!!

When Matt Moore is better than you, you are not an NFL QB. Was the system not great--probably, but Henne looked worse.

Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: February 21, 2012 10:30 pm

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

stupid move by the dolphins - anyone who thinks letting go of henne is a good move, is just stupid and doesnt understand football... under the new staff, the dolphins will be running the west coast offense - an offense that has a whole lot of different packages and fits chad better... if matt moore is deserving of a shot at winning the job than so should henne as he was doing very well before he got injured... just more stupid senseless moves by the dolphins - so typical and their uneducated fans right there with them

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 10:06 pm

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

I'm sorry, but neither Jason Campbell nor Kyle Orton would be a better fit than Flynn.  A winner is always preferable and Flynn has shown that, at least in his limited starts.  Orton and Campbell have never thrown 6 touchdowns in any 2 games let alone one game.  As a Bears fan, Orton was a good team guy, a good huddle guy, well liked.  But he just doesn't have the physical skills to win in the NFL on a year in year out basis.  Excluding his rookie year, he has been injured in parts of every season since.  You can't build around a guy who is often injured.  Just ask Philly with Vick, who they will regret having given a long term contract to by this time next year. 

Since: Aug 31, 2010
Posted on: February 21, 2012 9:56 pm

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

go ahead and pencil in Flynn's name over his locker. With the addition of The Packers QB coach, Flynn is all but assured to go here, although for the dolphins, i think he would be one of the lower choices of the Free agent QB's, I think someone like jason campbell or Kyle orton may be a better fit, but I believe Flynn will be the one putting his name on the dotted line.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or