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Chad Pennington agrees to deal with Dolphins

The Dolphins have agreed to a multi-year contract with former Jets quarterback Chad Pennington, according to two NFL sources.

Pennington is expected to fly to South Florida Saturday or early Sunday, meaning he might be present when the team plays the Tampa Bay Bucs in its preseason opener at Dolphin Stadium. That assumes Pennington passes his physical.

Terms of the deal are not immediately available, although Foxsports.com, which first reported the story, says it is a two-year deal. The Dolphins are neither confirming or denying the report, which is code for it is true.

So this much is certain: It is hard to see a Dolphins team with Pennington, Josh McCown and John Beck on the roster. One of those latter two will be gone soon.

It is possible the Dolphins will try to trade either McCown or Beck once the coaching staff is convinced Pennington is better. That may not take very long. The Dolphins, I am told, didn't give Pennington any guarantees he would be the starter the entire season, but expect him to be the starter in the regular-season opener versus ... the New York Jets.

This move, by the way, is fraught with contradiction.

The team spent the entire offseason ignoring starting-caliber talent in free agency simply because some of the players were over 30 years old. The idea was to sign players that would still be in their primes in three or four years when the team came out of the talent darkness it is currently in. Pennington, 32, is not likely to still be around then and his contract confirms that.

So what gives? If you want to upgrade the QB spot, this moves does that. Great! But then the question becomes if you decided to break your own rules on the QB position, why didn't Bill Parcells upgrade the other areas of need with veterans? You cannot have it both ways.

Either the Dolphins were wrong at the beginning of free agency by not adding high-caliber vets then or are showing their desperation now by adding Pennington.

One can make the argument the Dolphins are brining in Pennington to upgrade but also to mentor Chad Henne. Well, they also could have signed Pro Bowl guard Alan Faneca, also 32, to upgrade the offensive line and mentor players such as Donald Thomas, Justin Smiley and Jake Long. They might have tried to sign Randy Moss to upgrade the receivers corps and mentor Ted Ginn Jr.

If the argument is made for Pennington, it can apply to the other positions, otherwise the Dolphins are showing they have no long-term plan they will stick with. Either they are building with youth or they are not. Either they are going all-out to acquire the best available players, no matter what their age, or they are not.

This addition also shows that the entire offseason of working with Beck and McCown was at least, in part, a failure. They both threw some 5,000 passes with Miami coaches in the offseason and the team was confident they were good enough to compete for a starting job.

So what does the team do after the first two weeks of training camp? It looks to Quincy Carter as a possible option at quarterback when no other team would even give him a workout and then chases Pennington despite the fact he was just discarded by the Jets.

Makes me wonder how the agenda can change so quickly. Makes me wonder if this isn't something of a return to the days of double-minded personnel acquisition.

Anyway, Miami adds Pennington to the group of the past three Miami signal callers that were added at a high price. Two failed. We'll see about Pennington. The list:

Player...............Previous team........Problem....................Result

Pennington.............Jets...............Weak arm/shoulder.........????????

Trent Green.........Kansas City..........Scrambled brain....broke more eggs

Daunte Culpepper.....Minnesota.........Spaghetti knee.......Could not move

 

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What a horrible, horrible decision.

Armando, I rarely agree with you, but you hit the nail on the head. This regime has no long-term plan. If they jettison Beck - who NFL scouts LOVE - he will be picked up by and will prosper under a team with a plan. Meanwhile, the Fins will be stuck with a weak-armed, injured "mentor", and a developing QB who can't read defenses (Henne - can you say "Kyle Boller"?).

Parcells has gone soft - he seeks the familiar, the safe, like grandpa telling world war II stories. This is so depressing. In three years, the Fins will peak at 8-8, and Parcells will be blaming it on everyone but himself.

The Jets didnt cut him because he wasnt good enough to be on the roster. They cut him because they are paying Brett Favre $13M/year. They cant also be paying another QB $7M and have him as a backup. Pennington provides leadership as well as experience against the AFC East that we were 0-8 against last year. I like the move, neither Beck nor Henne are ready to step in this year (maybe Beck towards end of year).
Mcnown will be the odd man out. As well as Quincy Carter. This is a great short term solution. If Pennington can show he has built up his arm strength then we could be in for a surprise. He's not very mobile but he's a quick decision maker.

Pennington is a fantastic signing. We should have signed a vet 3 months ago. I suppose the coaching wanted to see what they had. Now t hat it's clear that our QBs are not season ready, we are finally getting a veteran.

Pennington: Yes, durability is an issue, but there is nothing to lose; lest you believe that losing Beck (i.e. nothing) is a loss. Pennington is one of the rare QBs that have done well with less than average surrounding cast.

I feel better about this team knowing than Pennington will start.

For those of you who think I'm going to lead this team to anything other than defeat, please do a reality check!

I sucked in New York and I'm going to suck for all of you in Miami now. Get used to it.

And for those of you who think I'm going mentor Beck or Henne, you must have a few loose screws. I suck, remember? If you want someone to mentor the younger QBs on this team, you need someone who knows what he's doing, which I obviously don't.

For those of you who remember all of those great Jets wins in the past and think I beat you, I have to say you have very poor memories. The Dolphins should have won most of those games, but they managed to execute even more poorly than the Jets. Don't you remember Ron Brown's fumble a few years back? You guys could've had that one.

Well, don't feel too bad. We should go 2-14, which is an improvement over last year. After I play the first six games or so, and we lose them all, you'll be glad to see me go. And I will, as I laugh all the way to the bank!

See you suckers soon!

Disagree with that. Signing all those veterans would cost too much. It makes sense only in the fact that this is an upgrade over Mccown. Does that make his signing a failure? Maybe. Can't be right about every player every time. The offense needs someone that can instill some confidence and teach the young qbs how to lead. A Rhodes Scholar might be a good one to do that. He will defina\itely be a better mentor than Favre would have been. If you want to call it desperation you could or you could call it a fix for a couple QBs that didn't come through.Who really cares? This still puts us on track to build for the future without mortgaging it.

Disagree with that. Signing all those veterans would cost too much. It makes sense only in the fact that this is an upgrade over Mccown. Does that make his signing a failure? Maybe. Can't be right about every player every time. The offense needs someone that can instill some confidence and teach the young qbs how to lead. A Rhodes Scholar might be a good one to do that. He will defina\itely be a better mentor than Favre would have been. If you want to call it desperation you could or you could call it a fix for a couple QBs that didn't come through.Who really cares? This still puts us on track to build for the future without mortgaging it.

Mclown is gone... Chad Pennington is the new QB for Miami for at least 08' anyways. He is the vet Bill wants running this thing until his new QB fills the spot. Which is not likely going to be Beck. Look for Beck to be traded, perhaps Baltimore? Henne looks to be the future.

Beck and McNown didn't show Tuna the kind of accuracy or consistency that he expects in his QB. Comparing the QB position with any other positional need is apples and oranges.
You can't score in golf if you're always playing your second shot from the rough. Parcels is betting Pennington will keep it in the fairway for us. That will allow the rest of the team to 'grow together' over time.
Good signing.

Armando you think you know better then Bill and company??? You are always talking about the QB being the most important position...that is way they make the move you moron. Not because they change their plan, any ways the plan is not to get old but to get better

Pennington is better than anybody on the roster at the moment.

This is a no-brainer.

And, yes Armando, Parcells CAN have it both ways.

If he feels he can upgrade, which he is, then he will.

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