Chad Pennington did not return to Miami to challenge for playing time. He probably won’t even be the team’s backup quarterback.
That’s the word from Jeff Darlington of the Miami Herald, who writes that the plan is for Pennington to be the No. 3 quarterback behind Chad Henne and Tyler Thigpen.
Pennington reportedly wanted to return to the Dolphins partly because he returned from his last shoulder surgery too quickly. In Miami, he will be able to take his time rehabbing and ideally stretch out his career. (He now wants to play for five more years and be the new Kurt Warner. Or Vinny Testerverde.)
Since it’s our job to look for ulterior motives, we can’t help but wonder whether this news is intended to drive up the pricetag if anyone sniffs around Thigpen.
Pennington is making $2.5 million this year, which is a lot to pay for veteran guidance and clipboard holding.