AFC East: Quincy Carter
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|Quincy Carter last played in the NFL for the Jets in 2004.|
Head coach Tony Sparano confirmed Thursday the Miami Dolphins are giving QB Quincy Carter a workout.
Carter hasn't played in the NFL since 2004 because of drug issues. He underwent rehab this past winter.
He was the starting quarterback for Dolphins football operations boss Bill Parcells with the Dallas Cowboys. Sparano was on that staff. New Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland was in the Cowboys front office.
"This is just a workout. That's all it is," Sparano said at his daily news conference. "It's a look-see, see what's happening out there.
"I mentioned this [Wednesday in response to questions about WR Terry Glenn], and this is important: Jeff Ireland and Bill Parcells will do their due diligence on every player that's out there and every player that's available one way or the other to try to help our football team, whatever way we can help our football team down the road.
"This is just a workout to take a look to make sure that we're dotting the 'i' and crossing the 't' ourselves."
Carter, who won't turn 31 until October, checked into a South Florida drug rehab facility in December and transitioned to a local halfway house. He recently signed a two-year Arena League contract.
Carter led Dallas to a 10-6 record and into the playoffs in 2003, his last year there. He was released the following camp for failing a drug test. The New York Jets picked him up for 2004 but dismissed him after one season.
"Quincy was athletic and he can move and he can make some plays that way and he kept plays alive a little bit," Sparano said. "Early on in our process [in Dallas] that was important for us. He was an intelligent guy and a pretty good motivator, from what I remember."
But Sparano insisted he was satisfied with his QBs so far in camp.
"I have been pleased with the three quarterbacks and what they've done," Sparano said. "I think the competition is really good. [Carter's workout] just means that we need to make sure we're doing our due diligence on players that are available."
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.