After yesterday’s bad news out of Miami about Vernon Carey, we now have something positive to report out of South Florida. Linebacker Channing Crowder is going to be out there when free agency kicks off next Friday. From the AP:
Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder expects to be on the free-agent market next week, based on his most recent conversations with general manager Jeff Ireland and vice president of football operations Bill Parcells.
“They said, ‘Well, we want to see what your market value is, and see where it goes from there,”‘ Crowder said Friday night at a charity softball game involving NFL players. “So hopefully it does get real, real high and they have to match something high, but we’ll see when free agency comes around.”
Crowder finished second on the team last season with a career-high 113 tackles. The former Florida Gators star has spent his entire four-year NFL career with the Dolphins.
“I want to play football next year, and I’m confident I can play in the NFL, so I’ll play football next year and hopefully it’s with the Dolphins. But if it’s with somebody else, I know I can play football. They had the first crack at it and they dropped the ball, so we’ll see what other teams do. It’s their loss.”
My gut tells me they let Crowder walk, and this statement from ESPN’s Tim Graham all but proves they will:
Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis probably might have been a top-five draft pick had he followed through with his inclination to turn pro after his junior year.
He returned to the Buckeyes, and his projection slid to the bottom third of the first round.
That’s good news for the Miami Dolphins, who likely will be in the market for an inside linebacker. They’re not interested in re-signing unrestricted free agent Channing Crowder.
All I have to say is that this guy better be on the Chiefs’ shopping list. Let’s do this, Pioli Trinity. It seems like new ownership in the MIA has sent out a message to the Tuna and Co. — build through the draft. That means Crowder is ours if we want him. Given the way he’s performed during his short career, why wouldn’t we?