Tuck: Miami Dolphins – If Not Peyton Manning, Then Who?

As a Dolphins fan, I feel like should be allowed to dream a little.  Through the suffering I’ve earned it.  I see the bigger picture.  I know some teams, ahem, the Bears, ahem, have never been able to find a “franchise quarterback.”  At least I had Dan Marino.  Of course, that makes it worse to have seen what the best looks like, and then to have to battle through mediocrity and crap for the last dozen years.

So yes, I am hoping and praying Peyton Manning recovers and chooses Miami.  I know having him would give the Dolphins a fighting chance at winning a Super Bowl.  But if he can’t play, and there are many people who suggest that his recovery from his third neck surgery isn’t going well, and that he’s played his last down, then what do the Dolphins do next?

Choice #2- Robert Griffin III, Baylor- You trade whatever it takes to move up and select him.  Enough messing around Miami.  Get it done.  

Next, here is the list of free agent quarterbacks.

Richard Bartel – ARI (R)- Are you high?!?!
Chris Redman ATL- No, seriously, are you high?
Jake Delhomme – HOU– Um, no.
Kyle Orton – KCI’d say this would be choice #6 with or without the neck beard.
Brady Quinn – DEN– At least the Dolphins made the right choice taking the more productive Ted Ginn instead of Quinn on draft day.  Of course they also passed on Patrick Willis and Darrelle Revis to do it.
Shaun Hill – DET– No thanks.
Drew Stanton – DET– Pass
Matt Flynn – GB- I’d say this is choice #3.  It’d be great if we played the Lions every week.
Tyler Palko – KC (R)– Where do you do your stand-up?
Chad Henne – MIA– Been there, done that.
Brian Hoyer – NE (R)– A poor man’s Matt Cassel.  Where do I get in line?
Chase Daniel – NO (R)– Keep holding that clipboard for Brees.
Drew Brees – NO– Hmmm.  Passed on him in the draft and in free agency for Dante Culpepper.  Dolphins should wait 5 more years and then sign him when he has nothing left to continue along this logical path.
Sage Rosenfels – NYG– Wait, didn’t he play for us?  Twice?
Mark Brunell – NYJ– He might be broke and need work, but it won’t be in Miami unless Keenan McCardell and Jimmy Smith are coming with him in the DeLorean.
Kevin O’Connell – NYJ (R)– WHO???
Kyle Boller – OAK– I can’t stop laughing.
Jason Campbell – OAK- This is choice number five.  Stop laughing.
Charlie Batch – PIT– He wasn’t good when he was good.
Byron Leftwich – PIT– Neither was he.
Dennis Dixon – PIT– I guess Big Ben will be looking for a back-up, eh?
Charlie Whitehurst – SEA– Fact: Seattle actually traded a third round draft pick to San Diego for him.  No, seriously.  They did.
David Carr – SF– He flinches when a door closes.
A.J. Feeley – STL- This stiff played for Miami too.
Josh Johnson – TB– I don’t know what to say.
Vince Young – PHI- Andy Reid couldn’t save him, so I know Brandon Marshall won’t.

Rex Grossman – WAS- OMG, I actually had to think about this.  Let’s just move along.

David Garrard- FA– Next.

Matt Moore- He gets to be choice #4 by default.  This is almost the let’s just see what happens for a year, and if things go bad enough maybe we’ll draft Matt Barkley next year.

Finally, Brandon Weeden would be my choice #7.  Miami could pick up the Oklahoma State quarterback, who is 28, in the second round and give it a run.

If the Dolphins can’t get Peyton Manning, at least I can say I owned him in fantasy.  Of course that was this past season.  Just my luck.