MIAMI — Trent Green could be on the field with the Dolphins by this weekend after Miami finally agreed to terms with Kansas City on a trade for the quarterback.
Green will undergo a physical in Miami and if he passes it, the trade will be completed, a person within the NFL with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Tuesday night. The person requested not to be identified because the deal is not official.
Neither team would confirm the trade Tuesday. A Dolphins spokesman said he had no knowledge of a deal even being worked out, much less finalized. Green’s agent, Jim Steiner, did not return messages seeking comment.
If the move happens, the 36-year-old Green would likely be with the Dolphins when they open a three-day minicamp on Friday.
Foxsports.com reported that Kansas City will get a fifth-round draft pick that could become a fourth-rounder instead, depending on how much Green plays in Miami.
In 51/2 seasons as Kansas City’s starter, Green threw for 21,459 yards — an average of 244 per game — and 118 touchdowns while completing 62 percent of his passes. He missed eight games last season because of a concussion suffered in the season opener, and didn’t believe he would have a chance to fairly compete with Brodie Croyle and Damon Huard for the starting job in Kansas City in 2007.
So he wanted a trade to South Florida and worked out a new contract several weeks ago with the Dolphins, who traded for Daunte Culpepper before the 2006 season.
Culpepper played in only four games a year ago because of knee problems and is still trying to recover from major surgery in 2005. If the Green deal gets completed, Culpepper’s status — which is already uncertain for 2007 — would become even more cloudy.
Culpepper is due to make $5.5 million in 2007.
Miami also drafted a quarterback this year, Brigham Young’s John Beck in the second round, after passing on a chance to take Notre Dame’s Brady Quinn with the No. 9 overall pick — which the Dolphins used on receiver-returner Ted Ginn Jr., of Ohio State.
Culpepper’s health almost certainly was a major factor why Miami spent weeks trying to coax Kansas City into trading Green, who would have made $7.2 million this season with the Chiefs.