Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Green passes physical; possible interest in Milford Brown

Here are some updates on the Trent Green situation.

According to the Sun-Sentinel, Green passed his physical examination for the Dolphins today, completing the trade. According to John Clayton at ESPN, Green is expected to sign a three-year contract worth between $4 and $5 million a year.

As for the performance incentives that Green will have to reach in order for the conditional fifth-round pick to be upgraded to a fourth-round pick, the plateau is for Green to play 70% of Miami's offensive snaps. That's a condition that will most likely be reached unless Green were to suffer an injury that keeps him out of numerous games.

Daunte Culpepper, meanwhile, was told by Randy Mueller and Cam Cameron that the team has made its decision to go in another direction at quarterback. He was also told that the team is actively trying to trade him. The only problem is that Daunte doesn't want to be traded. He wants to be released so that he can become a free agent. He can potentially refuse to restructure his contract so that a trade can only happen if the interested team is willing to pay his full salary which is quite pricey for a player who has questions lingering around him.

As for Green, his former coach Dick Vermeil had this to say about him: "I think he can play at least two more years, if he has a good supporting cast(emphasis added)." Problem is, he most likely won't have a very good supporting cast. While the Dolphins offense may be improving, it's certainly nothing spectacular. The offensive line, in particular, can't hold a candle to what Green was accustomed to playing behind in Kansas City with Hall of Fame-caliber players like Willie Roaf and Will Shields. If that's the case, then it will be very interesting (and critical to Miami's slim chances of making the playoffs) to watch how Green functions alongside his new Dolphins teammates.


There are some reports that the Dolphins are interested in signing G Milford Brown who played for the Arizona Cardinals last season. If brought in, he would likely compete with Chris Liwienski for the starting LG spot.

That LG spot is the glaring weakness on the line. I don't have a lot of confidence in Liwienski to be a solid starter, and I don't think that Brown is that much better. It would be nice to think that Joe Toledo could fill that spot once he's healthy, but that is really unknown at this point.

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