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Thursday, April 20, 2006

Knowing is half the battle - Part 2

And now we know where Joey Harrington will be playing football next. Hopefully, you didn't order your new "#3 - Harrington" jersey with the Bengals, Chiefs, Jets, Raiders, or Broncos because Joey - cue that Will Smith CD you bought for a party once - is going to Miami. (Believe me, it was hard to get a head start on my Christmas shopping for my Joey-adoring mother and sister with all that uncertainty going on.)

And just so we get this straight, Joey ain't askin' the Lions to trade him to the Dolphins, he's saying that's where he's going to play. Period. Don't bother trying to work out a deal with another team anymore (which wasn't really going that well for Matt Millen, anyway).

"I look forward to joining the Miami Dolphins whenever I am released or a trade is completed," Harrington said in a press release issued by his agent.

"I'm going to Miami," he said to Mitch Albom, while taking a field trip in Washington D.C., presumably to check out the cherry blossoms, rather than waiting to greet the Wizards before they head to Cleveland to take on the LeBrons.

And it's probably a savvy choice by Harrington. Daunte Culpepper won't be ready to start the season for the Dolphins. Hell, I'd be surprised if he plays at all in 2006. I'm no doctor, as you know, I'm a blogger, but that kind of injury - all three ligaments in the knee torn - used to reserve you a seat on the retirement train. Even if Culpepper recovers, who's to say he'll be able to play right away? So with a team that looks like a playoff contender, Miami needs to make sure it has a quarterback. Hellooooo, Joey.

You think Joey is doing this to at least slightly stick it to the Lions for wasting the first four years of his career? No? Not even a lil' bit? Just a smidge? Nah, you're probably right. The fact that Miami can't give Detroit what it wants - a fifth or sixth-round draft pick - because the Dolphins don't have picks in those rounds this year, and thus will content themselves with waiting until the Lions release Harrington in June is surely incidental. A big ol' co-win-kee-dink.


  • At April 20, 2006 4:16 PM, Blogger the sports dude said…

    For argument sakes let us say that the roster bonus deadline is June 10 for Joey, I know it is June but I just don't remember the exact date. If Joey & his agent want to continue to play hardball, if Miami continues to play hardball, then if I were Millen I would wait until 11:59 PM on June 9 to release Joey. I would wait until the last freaking second on the clock to do it just so Joey goes in there late and he has a harder time and less time to learn Miami's offense. Look, how many teams would have given Joey four years to do something? Anything? Not many, that is for sure. Say what you want about there being no support for Joey, no one believing in him, etc. but the Lions let him stink up the joint for four years and now HE is trying to play some hardball? Screw that man, if I was Millen I would simply just let Joey rot until 11:59 on the last day. Period, point blank, end of story.


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