Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Front Office gauges interest in Chambers

Despite reports that Miami was shopping WR Chris Chambers, it appears that the team will be retaining him this season. A trade with any team for Chambers would be hampered by his $7.3 million salary impact. Although it is unlikely that Chambers will be among those cut by Miami as it tries to pare the roster down to 53 men, he will have to play up to his Pro Bowl potential this season or face being released next offseason.

Furthermore, it would be unwise for the Dolphins to cut Chambers in a salary-minded move. He is clearly the team's best receiving option at this present time. Yes, Marty Booker has been much more consistent, but he is 31 years old and was already shopped around the trade market earlier this offseason. There's a good chance he could be gone next year as well. And even though Ted Ginn Jr. has been steadily progressing as a receiver throughout the preseason, he is still miles away from being able to shoulder the role of a primary receiver. Without Chambers this season, Ginn would likely be forced into the starting lineup well before he is ready. Either that, or Derek Hagan would start opposite Booker. I don't think that combination is going to scare anyone. This offense is already on very shaky ground. Cutting Chambers now would destabilize a receiving unit that has been marred by inconsistency for several years. This may be his last chance to capitalize on his opportunity in Miami, but he should be given that chance. I think Miami will be better this year for keeping him around - regardless of what his future with the team may be.

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