Huard was the top backup to Brady for most of last season, though he fell to No. 3 on the depth chart behind talented youngster Rohan Davey for a stretch in the middle of the season. Huard was promoted to top backup again for the playoffs, and earned praise for his work on the scout team leading up to the AFC championship game against Indianapolis.
With Davey, entering his third NFL season, tearing up NFL Europe, Huard's time in New England seemingly has come to an end.
Huard's busiest season came in 1999, when he led the Dolphins to a 4-1 mark while Dan Marino was injured. During that stretch, Huard completed just shy of 58 percent of his passes with eight touchdowns, four interceptions, 1,288 yards and a passer rating of 79.8.
He boasts a career record of 5-1 as a starter, with a lifetime completion percentage of 58.8 percent, with nine touchdowns and eight interceptions. His last start came on Nov. 26, 2000, when he rallied the Dolphins to a 17-14 victory.
Packers head coach Mike Sherman has said the Packers had alternate plans should the Couch trade not come together. Thus, their interest in Huard.
The Bears, meantime, have dropped out of the running for Couch — assuming they ever were in the running. New Bears coach Lovie Smith was rumored to have joined the Couch chase just to drive up the price the Packers would have to pay financially and in draft choices. That seems a likely scenario since the Bears have handed the reigns to last year's first-round pick, Rex Grossman. Signing a player such as Couch, a young player with aspirations on starting, only would have created a simmering quarterback controversy should Grossman struggle.
While the Bears likely were playing games with the Packers with Couch, the Packers may be playing games by showing interest in Huard. Should Couch not bring down his salary demands, the Packers can always say they have a Plan B to gain negotiating leverage.
The list of suitors for Couch isn't exactly long, given most teams have their quarterbacks in place, and the teams that need a quarterback — such as Arizona — are lousy and likely don't interest Couch, who saw his career sink while playing for the expansion Browns.
Other teams pursuing Huard include the Giants, who are seeking a veteran to mentor first-round pick Eli Manning or start until he's ready; and San Francisco, which lost likely starter Tim Rattay last week to a torn groin that may sideline him through training camp.