Chad Henne's season-ending shoulder injury seemingly ended his Miami Dolphins career. With free agency looming after the 2011 season, the Dolphins are not expected to bring Henne back in 2012. Instead, they will likely draft a new quarterback next April in groom him to hopefully become the next Dan Marino.
But Henne said Monday that he would like another shot to start for the Dolphins, even if the team and fan-base may have already moved on.
"Hopefully, I get a chance to come back here," Henne told the Miami Herald.
He noted that he did not get much of a chance to show what he could do in new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll's system. "Having a new coordinator, new system, new philosophy, you want to play in that situation and show them what you've got," he said.
"Hopefully, they can see what I did in 3 ½ games," he continued. Before separating his nonthrowing shoulder on October 2 against the San Diego Chargers, Henne threw for 868 yards in 3+ games, but only completed 57.1% of his passes, a career low.
Even though his completion percentage suffered, Henne's yards-per-attempt was at a career-high 7.8 before he was injured. Even so, with the Dolphins in need of a serious overhaul after the season ends, it seems highly likely the team will try to build around a new quarterback, with a top-5 pick in the NFL Draft a significant possibility.
Andrew Luck, Matt Barkley, and Landry Jones are among the college quarterbacks the Dolphins could target in April's draft.
Henne also disputed the idea that he did not need season-ending surgery and could have played through the pain, saying the "severity of the injury was much more than what we expected."
Last week on WFTL-640, former NFL quarterback Jim Miller accused Henne of "pack[ing] it in" and ending his season prematurely. Henne disputed Miller's theory, saying doctors "found other things out that weren’t good news."
"I'll play through anything," Henne continued. "I'm a tough guy. In my senior year in college, I had a third-degree separation, which should have had surgery. I never had surgery. I played six weeks with it."
Regardless, Henne's time with the Dolphins is most likely up, and while he may wish to return to the Dolphins in 2012, his time may be better spent convincing some other team to sign him in free agency.