Forget about Carr

With ESPN reporting that the Houston Texans have decided to pay David Carr an $8 million bonus that locks him to the team for the next three seasons, that means you can pretty much forget about him playing for the Dolphins anytime soon.

Of course, the Texans always could turn around and trade Carr anyway, particularly if they decide to spend the No.1 overall pick on USC running back Reggie Bush, but logic says the Texans wouldn't have paid that kind of bonus or at the very least would have renegotiated Carr's contract if they were going to turn around and trade him.

Carr has been rather unsuccessful since joining the Texans as the first overall pick in the 2002 draft, but he has had the misfortune of operating behind some atrocious offensive lines and there are many who think he'll be a great quarterback if he ever gets any kind of protection in front of him.

The idea of Carr coming to the Dolphins certainly had some appeal from a Miami standpoint because Carr's ceiling indeed appears very high, and there was one rumor that suggested the Dolphins would send Ricky Williams and a high draft pick to Houston in exchange for Carr.

It's no secret the Dolphins are looking to upgrade at quarterback, but it's not like there are a lot of proven quarterbacks up for grabs this offseason.

In addition to Carr, it's looking like the Tennessee Titans will hang on to Steve McNair and who knows what Brett Favre is going to do. That leaves, well, not much.

Kurt Warner will be a free agent and Aaron Brooks might wind up getting let go by the New Orleans Saints, but those aren't necessarily great alternatives.

The most intriguing quarterback who could be available is Minnesota's Daunte Culpepper, who is looking to renegotiate his contract despite the fact he's coming off a major knee injury.

Apparently, there's been rumors of a Culpepper trade to Baltimore for Jamal Lewis, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent.

Culpepper is very talented, but the Dolphins need to monitor the progress of his injured knee, which could keep him out until close to September, and should be careful about overpaying.

Bottom line is getting a stud quarterback just isn't very easy, and it got tougher with the Carr news.

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