THE DAILY TAKE

The Daily Take will be posted every weekday at 3 p.m. and will offer our opinion on a pertinent topic involving the Dolphins. Today we discuss the future of Ray Lucas.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out the Dolphins don't really see Ray Lucas in their plans for the 2003 season.

After Lucas struggled last season, it became clear the Dolphins would try to upgrade the No. 2 quarterback spot, hopefully by signing Brian Griese after he's released by Denver on or after June 1.

In the meantime, Lucas is left to twist in the wind. Because the Dolphins don't want to be left without at least some kind of backup to Jay Fiedler, the Dolphins are hanging on to Lucas until they replace him.

Lucas is not participating in the team's offseason workout program, but Coach Dave Wannstedt said Wednesday that was because Lucas hadn't been cleared to work out after undergoing offseason arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow.

But word is the Dolphins have made it clear to Lucas' agent that he doesn't figure in the Dolphins' plans. In fact, we hear the Dolphins told Lucas not to attend the Dolphins workouts.

What's going to happen to Lucas? Well, a good guess would have him hooking up again with Coach Bill Parcells, who gave him his start in the NFL several years back.

Lucas didn't do himself any favors with his performance last season, but there are worse quarterbacks in the league who currently have jobs. On top of that, Lucas is a great guy in the locker room and the ultimate team player.

So somehow we get the feeling Lucas will and on his feet, even if it won't be in Miami.


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