Henne-to-Jets theory already gaining steam

January, 11, 2012
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Could the New York Jets set up an intriguing quarterback competition involving division rivals Mark Sanchez and Chad Henne? That theory already is gaining steam after former Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano was officially named offensive coordinator of the Jets on Wednesday.

Here is what we know: Sparano has always been a Henne supporter and backed him through various criticisms in Miami. Henne is an unrestricted free agent, and it's unlikely he will return to the Dolphins now that Matt Moore took over and a new head coach will want to add his own quarterback. In addition, New York needs someone other than 41-year-old Mark Brunell to push Sanchez next season. There are a lot of factors here that make sense.

We've been debating the second-best quarterback in the AFC East all season. It was determined, through performance, that Moore was the No. 2 quarterback in the division behind Tom Brady. But it would still be interesting to see Henne and Sanchez in the same uniform battle it out in training camp.

At this point it's too early to tell. Henne-to-New York is simply a theory, as people try to connect the dots before Sparano even shows up for his first day on the job.

But free agency starts in March, and this is one storyline worth keeping an eye on.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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