Dolphins to release Chad Henne

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With Mark Sanchez's future in New York far from certain, the Jets could turn to a familiar foe to challenge their faltering quarterback.

As first reported by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Miami Dolphins are expected to release their former second-round pick Chad Henne.

Henne's name has been floated about in football circles as a viable backup option to quarterback Mark Sanchez in New York. That is of course assuming Mark Sanchez is starting under center for the Green and White in 2012-2013.

Entering his fifth season out of the University of Michigan, Henne is a far cry from a franchise signal caller, but could serve to light a fire under a struggling Sanchez. The possibility of Henne rubbing shoulders with Sanchez in the Big Apple would send a clear message to #6 that his job is less than guaranteed.

Despite Henne's career touchdowns (31) being fewer than his career interceptions (35), the former Dolphin quarterback was highly efficient completing nearly 61 percent of his pass attempts. In four career starts against Gang Green, Henne's completion percentage hovered a shade under 60 percent including six touchdown passes and only one interception.

Tony Sparano, the Jets newly appointed offensive coordinator, spent four seasons with Henne in South Beach. Henne's familiarity with Sparano's style and offensive schemes would allow him to hit the ground running in New York.

Even though Henne's 13-18 record as a starter in Miami will hardly impress, the quarterback's impact on team chemistry and camaraderie goes far beyond the numbers. Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland was quick to applaud Henne's commitment to the team concept.

"Chad has done what we've asked him to do," declared Ireland. "I like Chad personally very well. He's very smart. Very intelligent. Very tough. A football guy. He loves being around the game and is a very good teammate."

Rick Laughland covers the New York Jets for

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