Report: Dolphins to work out Quincy Carter

July, 30, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

The Miami Dolphins went the entire offseason with only three quarterbacks. They opened training camp Saturday with the same trio -- Josh McCown, John Beck, Chad Henne.

Six days in, they're reportedly going to look at another arm to come in and compete.

That should worry Dolfans. Their team has taken a quarterback in the second round of the past two drafts.

Even more disconcerting is that the Dolphins might be thinking about signing Quincy Carter, who hasn't played an NFL down since 2004 because of drugs.

Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin reported Wednesday on his radio show in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that the Dolphins will give Carter a workout Friday in Davie, Fla. Irvin has been a mentor to Carter, who will turn 31 in October.

"I see Ricky Williams playing again," Carter told the Palm Beach Post before checking into a South Florida rehab facility in December. "I only failed one test. Ricky failed about five or six."

Dolphins football operations boss Bill Parcells developed a fondness for Carter when they worked together in Dallas. Parcells inherited Carter in 2003. Carter won the starting job over Chad Hutchinson and guided the Cowboys to a 10-win season and the playoffs.

But Carter was gone the next training camp because of a failed drug test. The New York Jets picked him up. He started three games, completed 60 percent of his passes and threw three TDs with one interception.

Then -- poof -- out of the NFL.

Carter lasted one month in the Canadian Football League. He was arrested for marijuana possession in Dallas in 2006. He was arrested for possession again while playing last year for the Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings, an arenafootball2 squad.

"His compulsion to smoke was more important than his contract and his career," another confidante, Hollywood Henderson, told the Palm Beach Post.

Carter completed his rehab and transitioned into a halfway house not far from the Dolphins complex in Davie, Fla. His goal when he entered treatment was to reclaim his NFL career.

"I need to work on myself and I also want to get back into the NFL," Carter said in December. "Ultimately, I want to begin a new life and do the right thing -- have joy in life rather than dragging myself down by smoking."

Parcells might be ready to give him his shot.

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