Dolphins QB Chad Pennington To The Vikings?
Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald has weighed in on the Favre saga from a Dolphins perspective. No one really knows whether Favre is retiring or not, not even Favre. But if he really decides to hang his cleats up for good this time, the Dolphins would be wise to involve themselves in the drama.
The Vikings bet everything on Favre, not drafting a quarterback in April or inquiring about Donovan McNabb.
The Dolphins should bail out the Vikings and offer Chad Pennington. A second round pick in next year’s draft would be nice. Even a third rounder might suffice. That call from the Dolphins current general manager to the man who is in charge of Minnesota’s personnel department and once was Miami’s GM could be beneficial for both men.
In Salguero’s dream scenario,, Miami’s GM could convince the Vikings that Pennington is the final piece of their Super Bowl puzzle instead of Chad Henne’s backup. There are some negatives. Pennington is the NFL’s premier backup quarterback. Unlike Michael Vick, he didn’t lead his team to an embarrassing loss against amateurs in an episode of Pros Vs. Joes. Pennington is healthy. He’s smart. He doesn’t make mistakes, he’s a leader and he has taken teams to the playoffs so he’s good insurance if Henne goes down.Trading Pennington would lessen the Dolphins this year, but the draft pick could strengthen them for years.
And Pennington is a likeable, dependable guy. But as one pundit said, if your starter goes down your season’s over with anyway.v v There used to be a time when a great backup could come off the bench and take his team to the Super Bowl. But those days are long gone in this quarterback driven league. A great backup will get you nowhere.
That is why the Vikings are desperately awaiting Favre’s decision. They don’t want to go into their season with backup Tavaris Jackson.That’s the reason the Dolphins should try to trade them their new starter.
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