- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Henne, 26, is a young quarterback who might perform well in the right situation. Here's five potential landing spots:
New York Jets (8-8)
Starter: Mark Sanchez
Why Henne fits: New Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano spent four seasons with Henne in Miami. The pair are very familiar with each other. The Jets are looking for someone capable of pushing Sanchez. Henne can do that much better than former backup Mark Brunell. There has been plenty of debate over the years in the AFC East blog about which quarterback was better: Sanchez or Henne? Although Sanchez is the starter in New York, it would be interesting to see both players throw against each other everyday in training camp and practices.
Denver Broncos (8-8)
Starter: Tim Tebow
Why Henne fits: Is Tebow really the long-term solution in Denver? The Broncos are still wondering after Tebow had an amazing run to get Denver to the divisional round of the playoffs. The Broncos need quarterback insurance for Tebow. Kyle Orton was traded last season, and backup Brady Quinn may have talked his way out of Denver with recent controversial comments toward the starter. Henne would be a good fallback option if Tebow falters or gets injured. Tebow's rugged style includes a lot of running, and his body may not hold up to the pounding over 16 games.
Kansas City Chiefs (7-9)
Starter: Matt Cassel
Why Henne fits: Cassel had his ups and downs in Kansas City. He was hurt and played in just nine games last season. You get the sense Kansas City is tired of waiting on the seven-year quarterback, especially since they are now changing to new head coach Romeo Crennel. The Chiefs acquiring Orton last season says something about their current quarterback situation. Henne probably wouldn't start in Kansas City, but he could be good insurance. The Chiefs also are rumored to be in the Peyton Manning sweepstakes.
Chicago Bears (8-8)
Starter: Jay Cutler
Why Henne fits: Don't sleep on the Bears. They could be a dark horse in this race. Obviously, Cutler is the starter in Chicago. But he's had injuries in back-to-back seasons that have hurt the team. Chicago needs a backup quarterback it can rely on. Bears No. 2 quarterback Caleb Hanie (three touchdowns, nine interceptions) didn't get the job done and will be a free agent. Chicago can upgrade its backup quarterback position by signing Henne, who is a better option if Cutler gets hurt again in 2012.
Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11)
Starter: Blaine Gabbert
Why Henne fits: Based on last season's play, Gabbert still has a lot to learn in the NFL. The 2011 first-round pick didn't look ready to be a franchise quarterback. He only completed 50.8 percent of his passes to go with 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Henne could add competition for Gabbert or be a veteran backup waiting if Gabbert falters. New head coach Mike Mularkey is installing a new offense in Jacksonville, and everyone will be starting over.
The market for starting quarterbacks isn't very deep this offseason. That means soon-to-be former Miami Dolphins starting quarterback Chad Henne will get plenty of interest.