Quarterback Cade McNown, who has been a bust since being the 12th overall pick in the 1999 draft, is on his way out in Chicago and the Dolphins reportedly could be interested in acquiring his services.<p>

The Dolphins will not comment on the possibility of landing McNown, who has been put on the trading block by the Bears.

The asking price doesn't figure to be very high, considering how poorly McNown has performed since entering the NFL.

McNown has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns in both of his NFL seasons and has demonstrated little of the passing touch he showed at UCLA.

What's worse, McNown made few friends among his teammates from the moment he showed up with a reported penchant for pointing fingers.

His stock is so low in Chicago right now that the Bears prefer going into the season with Shane Matthews, Jim Miller and Danny Wuerffel — none of them star-caliber players — at quarterback.

If the Bears can't work out a trade for McNown, it would surprise no one if they simply released him.

Among other teams said to be interested in McNown are Carolina, Green Bay and Washington.

Why would the Dolphins trade for McNown?

For one thing, as we mentioned earlier, it probably wouldn't cost more than a middle-round draft pick to get McNown right now.

Also, his salary-cap number for the next two years isn't that high.

But the most important reason is that McNown represents a low-risk, potentially high-reward proposition.

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