MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) – The available quarterbacks for the Miami Dolphins to sign continues to dwindle through the first 24 hours of teams being able to negotiate with players.
Veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck agreed to terms on a multi-year contract, according to the Nashville Tennessean. Hasselbeck will be the bridge for the Titans until rookie Jake Locker is ready to take over as the starter.
A similar scene is playing out in Minnesota where the Vikings are expected to acquire Donovan McNabb in a trade with the Washington Redskins. McNabb would play a similar role for the Vikings while former Florida State star Christian Ponder gets adjusted to the NFL.
Former Dolphins quarterback Tyler Thigpen has decided to take his talents to western New York by agreeing to a three-year contract with the Buffalo Bills. Thigpen had been the backup for the Fins the last few years, but could never overtake Henne to become the starter.
Alex Smith has rejoined the San Francisco 49ers as the team’s starting quarterback and the Seattle Seahawks have agreed to terms with former Viking Tarvaris Jackson.
That effectively thins out the free agent quarterback crop to essentially Marc Bulger and some other scrubs. Matt Moore, formerly of the Panthers, could be a target for the Fins.
The player Dolphins fans seem to be craving is Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton. Denver is set with Tim Tebow as their quarterback and want to deal Orton as quickly as possible. The question the Dolphins have to ask is whether Orton is a significant upgrade over Chad Henne worth trading draft picks.
If Denver would take a fourth-round selection for Orton, then it may not hurt to roll the dice on him for one season. But if Denver wants a second-round pick, that’s likely too high a price for the Fins to pay for the former Chicago Bear and Purdue Boilermaker.