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 look at the possibility of the Dolphins picking up linebacker Junior Seau.

In a few words, don't hold your breath for that happening.

The thought certainly is intriguing because Seau clearly would represent an upgrade at either outside linebacker spot, over either Derrick Rodgers or Morlon Greenwood, even if Seau probably isn't the player he was a few years ago.

The best thing Seau would bring to the Dolphins is some much-needed intensity on defense. Yes, Zach Thomas, Jason Taylor and Sam Madison can be fiery at times, but Seau is a veteran who also won't be so quick to get discouraged if things start going badly.

Why won't it happen. Well, Seau is still under contract to the Chargers, who simply have given him permission to seek a trade.

It's not known exactly what the Chargers want in return, but the Dolphins are hesitant to give up draft picks because they're already without their first- and fourth-round selections this year.

The Dolphins also could wait a while to see if the Chargers release Seau, which is expected if a trade can't be worked out because Seau has indicated he's done in San Diego.

At that point, it's a matter of how much you want to pay to a linebacker who is 34 and on the downside of his career.

We say he would be a great pick-up for the Dolphins, but they haven't shown the inclination to spend big money for a guy that age. And that's why it would be a surprise if he wound up in Miami.

But don't despair if you want somebody else at outside linebacker because the feeling here is still that there will be a change (or two) at this position before September.


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