Chad Henne’s job security improved over the weekend, but the Dolphins still plan to add competition for him.
“I’ve made that perfectly clear,” Tony Sparano said Saturday about adding competition at every position. “I think that’s important, so we’ll see what happens when we get there and if we can fill that need, we’ll try to do it.”
So it’s still a need for the Dolphins, just one they will try to fill with a veteran. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald says they tried to fill the need with Ryan Mallett in the third round, before the Patriots took him.
“We were willing to take him, we just couldn’t get our hands on him,” a source told Salguero. “We tried, but we couldn’t do it. He’s going to be a good quarterback.”
Hmm. They couldn’t have tried that hard. Miami didn’t see Mallett as someone worth taking in the first two rounds, so it seems odd they wanted to move into the top of round three to get him.
Consider that the Dolphins traded their third- (No. 79), fifth- (No. 146) and seventh-round (No. 217) picks to move up for running back Daniel Thomas at No. 62. Were they really going to give up another group of picks to get Mallett?
Something just smells odd here. The Dolphins clearly didn’t want Mallett that much, which is fine. 30 other teams agreed.
Calling him a “good quarterback” after the fact sounds like covering your ass.