The anticipated re-signing of Chad Pennington with the Miami Dolphins has been snagged by the veteran quarterback's desire to have a no-trade clause in his contract, according to team and league sources.
Pennington and the Dolphins were expected to reach an agreement on a one-year $2.5 million contract on Thursday afternoon before the stumbling no-trade block, according to another team interested in the quarterback.
Pennington, who is recovering well from his third shoulder surgery, has willingly agreed to serve as Miami's No 3 quarterback, mentoring Chad Henne and Tyler Thigpen, as well as Pat White, whose role seems unclear for 2010. Henne is the starter but the team is very impressed with Thigpen, hoping he can reduce his turnovers. White was used on a limited basis in some Wildcat and option plays.
That seems like a pretty reasonable request. I'm not sure how much the Dolphins want him back. It seems to me this wouldn't be a major hurdle, but it's tough to tell what the thought process is there. Are they willing to guarantee him a roster spot and potentially admit they made a mistake taking Pat White in the second round after just one year?
I guess this means hope is still alive for those of us wanting him back. I still don't see it happening. The Dolphins have every reason to bring him back as a mentor to Chad Henne. If they don't you'd have to think he'll have the chance to at least compete for a starting job elsewhere. I mean there are so many teams with lousy quarterbacks. I don't think he'll come back to the team he left so bitterly to hold a clipboard. Who knows, though.