Chad Henne’s demotion was tough for the third-year player to swallow, but it should have gone down considerably easier for Chad Pennington. (Although the two Chads apparently had a tear-filled conversation after the news broke.)
The Palm Beach Post reports that Pennington’s salary will rise from $2.5 million to $5.75 million because he was named the starter. It was supposed to be an “unlikely to be earned incentive.” The Dolphins’ originally said Pennington’s re-signing was absolutely no threat to Henne.
Pennington, though, has a way to exceeding expectations. Bringing the Dolphins to the playoffs with their upcoming schedule might be his toughest test yet.