Monday, April 16, 2007

Green trade talks resume; Weekend minicamp wrap-up

Citing an unnamed source, the Palm Beach Post has said that a deal for Kansas City QB Trent Green is "imminent." The article says that a deal should materialize before the April 28-29 NFL Draft. It will be interesting to see what compensation Miami gives up for Green. I wrote a previous article saying that Miami should wait until Kansas City releases Green and thus avoid giving up a draft pick, but Miami's front office must see a need to bring him in earlier. Whatever draft pick the team gives up must certainly be a second-day pick and hopefully it's no higher than a sixth-rounder.

If and when Green arrives in Miami, I hope that the team doesn't immediately release Daunte Culpepper. If they find he has good trade value and can move him, fine. But the team should be in no rush to rid themselves of the injured QB. The chances of him remaining with Miami after the addition of Green are astronomically small. Still, the team owes it to itself to truly find out whether he can get healthy. They've held on to him throughout his entire rehab, so why cut ties with him when he is right on the verge of finally being able to play? It would be a shame if another team reaped the rewards of a healthy Culpepper simply because Miami got impatient.


Weekend Minicamp Wrap-up

* WLB Channing Crowder and SLB Joey Porter were the defense's nickel linebackers. This is a good move that will give MLB Zach Thomas additional rest during the season while also having better coverage linebackers on the field during pass plays. Thomas is still unquestionably a star linebacker, but he is slowing down a bit and can be a liability in pass coverage. Crowder and Porter are faster and they will be an upgrade over Thomas when dropping back down the field.

* QB Daunte Culpepper and CB Andre' Goodman did not participate due to injury. DT Dan Wilkinson was the only player not present at the minicamp. His locker and number 95 were given to DT Chase Page, which pretty much spells out Wilkinson's future with the team - he has none. If he does decide to play again, which very well could happen after training camps are over, hopefully the team can find a way to trade his very large and very lazy ass.

* QB Cleo Lemon showed a lack of accuracy, going 2-8 with 2 INTs. While obviously not a good sign, his performance should not be highly criticized as this is the first action of the season.

* LT Anthony Alabi and LG Joe Toledo struggled against DE Jason Taylor and DT Vonnie Holliday.

* The secondary looked good (most would against the QBs that were out there), with CB Will Allen, CB Michael Lehan, and S Renaldo Hill looking particularly good. DT Fred Evans also looked impressive.

* P Ryan Flinn struggled a bit on Sunday. Granted their were some strong winds, but I don't see this guy as the team's answer at P if indeed Donnie Jones is allowed to leave for the Rams.

* RB Jesse Chatman, who had been allocated to play in NFL Europa, instead took part in the Dolphins minicamp because he couldn't get a passport in time to travel overseas. If RB Ricky Williams is brought back to the team following his reinstatement, Chatman will likely battle RB Patrick Cobbs for the third running back roster slot. Cobbs saw some work at FB during the minicamp.

The Dolphins players currently participating in NFL Europa are:
DT Kevin Vickerson - Cologne Centurions
DT Steve Fifita - Frankfurt Galaxy
CB Shirdonya Mitchell - Frankfurt Galaxy
WR P.K. Sam - Rhein Fire

Sources: Palm Beach Post, Sun-Sentinel

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