Jostling for Joey

The Dolphins are as interested in acquiring quarterback Joey Harrington from the Detroit Lions as the former No. 3 overall pick in the draft is interested in playing in Miami. That became clear Thursday when Coach Nick Saban was asked about Harrington's statement that he "can't wait to get started" with the Dolphins.

The Harrington statement was released to the media by the office of his agent, David Dunn.

This was what Saban had to say about the statement: "First of all, the player in question is under contract with another team so I would rather not comment about that particular situation. Certainly we have some things to do to get that to happen and we would be pleased if we could make it happen."

To make it happen, the Dolphins obviously have to work out a trade with the Lions. At last check, word was the Dolphins were willing to give up a sixth-round pick for Harrington, a pick that would have to come next year or be one acquired in another trade because Miami doesn't have a No. 6 in this year's draft at this point.

On the flip side, the latest word is the Lions still are looking for at least a fourth-rounder, although the Palm Beach Post is reporting that the Lions eventually will accept the Dolphins' offer of a sixth-rounder.

Cincinnati appears to no longer be a factor in the Harrington derby because the Bengals signed former Ravens backup Anthony Wright on Wednesday.

But there's a belief the Denver Broncos might give Detroit what it wants in return for Harrington. But the Broncos, like the Lions, would have to deal with Harrington's contract, which calls for a $4 million bonus by June 15.

And, based on Harrington's statement, it sounds like he's willing to do anything to make his wish of playing in Miami come true.

"I look forward to joining the Miami Dolphins whenever I am released or a trade is completed," the statement from Harrington read. "The Dolphins are an ascending team with great coaching and I can't wait to get started.

"I certainly appreciate all that the Ford family and Matt Millen did for me. I learned so much in Detroit and I will always value those relationships and that experience. At the same time, I am eager to get to work with my new team, whether that happens in a day, a week or a month."


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