May 9, 2011
With no news on the labor front and teams unable to communicate with players or undrafted free agents (legally), there is not much news coming out of this weekend, so we’ll just take a quick look at the rumblings from around the league.
The Redskins are reportedly the front runners to land the services of QB Vince Young, although they’ll have to wait for player movement to be allowed since the Titans still have Young under contract and will probably try to trade Young before cutting him loose. Interestingly enough, the Redskins still have Donovan McNabb under contract, but his time in Washington was pretty much up when Rex Grossman took over the starting job at the end of last season. The only other QB on Washington’s roster is John Beck, who HC Mike Shanahan seems to like enough to possibly consider as a starter. We doubt that happens, but what else can Shanahan do right now with so much uncertainty when it comes to the time period he’ll have to shape the roster?
In other QB news, it looks like Chad Henne will likely get another crack at the starting job in Miami. Once again, the somewhat soft QB market and lockout situation has made keeping Henne look like a decent option at this point, especially since he’s been the team’s starter for less than two years. Miami has been another spot Donovan McNabb has been linked to and might be his best option if the Vikings decide to roll with rookie Christian Ponder as their starter and bring in a veteran strictly as a backup, a role McNabb does not want to play.
New Bengal OC Jay Gruden is a big fan of his rookie QB Andy Dalton and isn’t shy about it. While Dalton wasn’t considered a 1st-round talent in this year’s draft, that doesn’t seem to matter to Gruden, who believes Dalton is a perfect fit to run the West Coast offense he’s installing for the Bengals this season. Dalton’s arm strength was a bone of contention for talent evaluators, but Gruden scoffed at that issue, noting that arm strength is “overrated” in his new scheme. It appears that Gruden would like Dalton to start right away, but QB Ken Zampese said the team should look at a veteran backup since their current roster lacks anyone with real NFL experience.
Finally, in our only news of the day not relating to QBs, the Chargers are reportedly keeping a close eye on Steve Smith’s status in Carolina. It was reported that Smith cleaned out his suite and locker in Carolina and let it be known that he wants a trade to either the Chargers or Raiders. San Diego should have control of starting WRs Vincent Jackson and Malcom Floyd, and they drafted Vincent Brown in the 3rd round, but their current roster consists of guys like Patrick Crayton and Seyi Ajirotutu, which doesn’t exactly inspire confidence, even if they were somewhat successful with QB Philip Rivers throwing them the ball last season.