Green Finally a Fin – Set to Join Dolphins

It has finally happened. Trent Green is now a Miami Dolphin. The Chiefs and Dolphins reached a compromise in their negations Tuesday evening. Kansas City had been requesting a fourth round draft pick while Miami was only willing to give up a sixth round draft pick. Miami swapped next year’s fifth round selection the veteran Green. The Dolphins were hoping that the Chiefs were going to cut Green but the Chiefs informed Miami that they must get a deal done now or they would keep Green on the roster this season. Green does have to pass his physical for the trade to go through. WADF-TV of Kansas City is reporting that Green is scheduled to fly to Miami on Tuesday night to take the physical.

Green, who turns 37 in July, was one of the AFC’s top quarterbacks this decade before suffering the concussion against Cincinnati. Green missed eight games and struggled upon his return, finishing ith his lowest quarterback rating (74.1) since joining the Chiefs in 2001. Green is expected to enter the 2007 season as Miami’s starter, with Cleo Lemon serving as the backup and 2006 second-round pick John Beck as the third-stringer. The Dolphins are hoping that Green serves as a mentor to Beck, who is projected as Miami’s long-term starter after the franchise passed on Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn in the first round of April’s draft. The Green acquisition also is expected to lead to the ultimate departure of Daunte Culpepper, who hadn’t gained full medical clearance for earlier offseason drills while recovering from a second surgery on his right knee. Culpepper was expected to gain clearance to participate in this weekend’s minicamp, but it’s unknown whether the Dolphins would want him to practice if he doesn’t fit into their long-term plans.

During 88 starts with the Chiefs, Green completed 61.9 percent of his passes (1,770 of 2,777) for 21,459 yards with 118 touchdowns and 85 interceptions. Green began his NFL career as a 1993 eighth-round draft choice by San Diego. After a year out of the NFL in 1994, Green played in the Canadian Football League. He signed with the Washington Redskins, where Cameron was his quarterbacks coach from 1995-96. After a solid 1998 season with the Redskins, Green was signed to a free-agent contract to start in St. Louis. Green was a Rams backup in 2000 before being traded during the 2001 offseason to Kansas City, where he was reunited with St. Louis coach Dick Vermeil.

Stepehen Rhodes also contributed to this article

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