As the Miami Dolphins gear up for the start of the 2007 NFL season, they find themselves with a new fin in town: Trent Green. The former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback was traded to the Dolphins on June 5, 2007. In return, the Dolphins give the Chiefs a conditional fifth round draft pick in next year’s NFL draft. But if Green, who suffered a severe concussion keeping him out for half of the season last year, plays more than 70 percent of offensive downs, Miami will render the Chiefs a fourth round draft pick instead of a fifth.
Trent Green is now ready to put the Chiefs, his concussion, and last season in the past; he has gladly traded in his tomahawk for water wings.
Born on July 9, 1970, Green is a product of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. After playing quarterback for Indiana University, he was taken by the San Diego Chargers in the 1993 draft. From here, he bounced around, playing as an NFL backup and in the Canadian Football League. In 1998, he not only found himself starting for the Washington Redskins, but he also found himself turning into a true player. Unfortunately, after signing on to start for the St. Louis Rams, Green was hurt in a preseason game. He was out for the season and returned, the next year, as a backup again. An injury to Kurt Warner, however, allowed Green to reclaim the starting position, helping the Rams make the playoffs. At the end of the season, Green left St. Louis for Kansas City.
In 2003, Trent Green emerged as a star, throwing for over 4,000 yards, 24 touchdowns, and only 12 interceptions. He also was elected to his first Pro Bowl. During the next two years, Green turned out equally solid seasons: throwing for 4,591 yards, 27 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 2004 and 4,010 yards, 17 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions in 2005. With his third 4,010 yard performance, Green joined an elite group of quarterbacks who have thrown for over 4,000 yards for three consecutive seasons. This group is limited to Drew Bledsoe, Peyton Manning, Dan Marino, Warren Moon, and Brett Favre.
In 2006, Green’s rise to stardom was drastically halted when he suffered a very severe concussion in the first game of the season. This concussion caused him to lose consciousness and stopped the game for fifteen long minutes while medics were consulted. After being cleared by doctors and coaches, Green reclaimed his starting position in mid-November. Unfortunately, he just didn’t seem the same and his play was mediocre. Now, he has a chance to start fresh with a new season and a new team.
At almost 37, Green isn’t the Dolphins' quarterback of the future. But, he brings with him years of experience and a desire for a few more moments in the sun. He’s a solid passer, a smart player, and familiar with Cam Cameron’s coaching style. With all of these attributes and Miami’s receiving corps, corps that are stronger than Kansas City’s, there is no telling what can happen.