Monday, November 15, 2010

Dolphins to work out Arena QB Tommy Grady again

Another name has surfaced in the Miami Dolphins' search for quarterback depth, as Omar Kelly reports Arena Football League quarterback Tommy Grady is expected to be brought in for a workout.

Posts on Grady's Facebook profile Monday and an AFL press release appear to confirm the workout, which would be the player's second with the team in less than four months.

Grady (6-7, 245) initially worked out for the Dolphins on Aug. 2, but was not signed, as the team already had four quarterbacks under contract at the time.

Primarily a backup in college at both the University of Oklahoma (behind Heisman Trophy winner Jason White) and the University of Utah (behind eventual Sugar Bowl MVP Brian Johnson), Grady went undrafted in 2008 and spent 2009 with the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz of af2.

Grady and the Yard Dawgz moved to the new Arena Football League in 2010, where surpassed former FSU quarterback Xavier Lee for the starting job and went on to throw for 4,307 passing yards and 81 touchdowns with 17 interceptions.

With the Yard Dawgz moving to the lesser-known Indoor Football League, Grady signed with the AFL's Utah Blaze for the 2011 season, which runs from April to July.

If signed by the Dolphins, the Blaze would retain Grady's AFL rights. The team has already placed him on the Other League Exempt list.

The Dolphins are desperate for depth at the position after their top two quarterbacks went down with potentially season-ending injuries in yesterday's win over the Tennessee Titans.

Left with only one healthy quarterback for Thursday's game against the Bears in third-stringer Tyler Thigpen, the Dolphins will need to bring in one or two healthy quarterbacks just to get through the short practice week and have depth against Chicago.

Earlier reports have the Dolphins interested in free agents JaMarcus Russell, Patrick Ramsey, Chris Simms, and Tom Brandstater, with ESPN's Chris Mortensen saying the team hopes to sign Ramsey today.

I expect the Dolphins to sign one experienced quarterback to the active roster (replacing Chad Pennington, who would go on injured reserve) while Chad Henne is kept active for the time being in case his knee injury might not keep him out all season.

The Dolphins could then add a third healthy quarterback to the practice squad for the purpose of having another healthy arm in practice, which is where a young, developmental prospect like Grady or Brandstater could come in.

Grady has the size and an NFL arm, but he's clearly a long way from playing in the NFL and seems unlikely to even land a third-string job on the active roster at this point.

If he does end up on the Dolphins' practice squad for the remainder of the season, it would be interesting to see whether or not he is re-signed and brought back to training camp in 2011, or if he'll just return to the AFL.

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