Let's be honest here, Gadsden is a much more proven commodity than Thompson, who had one good year after three unproductive seasons.
So what gives here? Why are the Dolphins dissing Gadsden like this?
Simple. It comes down to age and health.
As tremendous a possession receiver as he is — and there are few guys with better hands than Gadsden — it's reasonable to wonder exactly how much football he's got left.
In the past few years, he's battled a shoulder injury and suffered ligament damage in a wrist. And his toe problems have been well chronicled.
In addition, Gadsden will be 32 when the 2002 season kicks off, whereas Thompson is 24.
That's where Thompson got more money than Gadsden.
On the flip side, though, we'd rather the Dolphins offer Gadsden a little more money instead of paying James McKnight $1.8 million next season. Gadsden is better than McKnight, pure and simple.
Who knows? Maybe Gadsden will return to the Dolphins, after all. That would the best scenario: Thompson AND Gadsden.