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Travis Henry wants to be a Dolphin
Henry wants trade to Miami
By Joe Schad
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
DAVIE — Bills running back Travis Henry, who has been granted permission to seek a trade, said Monday that he wants to play for the Dolphins.
"I would love to be down there," Henry said from Orlando. "I was talking to my agent about getting me down there. That's what Miami needed this year was a running back. I see myself down there if at all possible."
Henry, 26, rushed for 326 yards last season after gaining 1,438 and 1,356 in the previous two seasons. At the midpoint of last year, the Bills turned over the starting position to former University of Miami running back Willis McGahee.
"I have put up the numbers to prove I'm just as good as him," Henry said. "(The Bills) had a chance to have the best of both worlds. But they went in another direction. Why? I don't know. I'm one of the top five running backs in the NFL and I would have continued to put up the same numbers."
Henry said he's been told that Oakland, Miami, Carolina, Tampa Bay and Arizona are among the teams that have expressed interest.
"Forget this cold stuff," said Henry, who grew up in Frostproof. "It took me a while to adjust to the cold. And the turf. I mean, I grew up rooting for Buffalo. Something about their colors. And Thurman (Thomas). And (Jim) Kelly. And (Andre) Reed. But I'm ready to move on. I'm ready to blow up the league next year. And I hope it's in Miami. I want to be there. I know they need a back. I hope they want a top-five back."
Henry is so convinced that the Bills will trade him that he has sold off many of his belongings and moved the rest into Florida storage.
The Dolphins' rushing attack took a blow when Ricky Williams retired before last season. And although Sammy Morris exceeded expectations and Miami gave up a third-round draft choice for Lamar Gordon, it could use another back.
"It's not easy to gain 1,000 yards in this league," said Henry, who added that he would love to play for Nick Saban. When he was a senior, Henry and Tennessee were upset by Saban's LSU team.
"I had about 20 carries for 89 yards and they were tough yards," Henry recalled. "We lost in overtime. His defense gave us fits the whole game. I remember their fans running onto the field celebrating."
But there are reasons to doubt the trade could happen. First, Buffalo would have to trade him within the AFC East. And secondly, Miami traded this year's second-round draft choice for A.J. Feeley. The Bills likely would seek a second-rounder.
Linehan a hot candidate: When the Vikings were eliminated from the playoffs on Sunday, the Dolphins identified offensive coordinator Scott Linehan as a top candidate for the job in Miami.
League sources said the Dolphins are willing to give Linehan, who is not under contract for next season, a significant pay raise.
"Scott is a very skilled coordinator, a guy that understands the passing game and the running game very well," UCF coach George O'Leary said Monday while visiting Dolphins camp. O'Leary was Minnesota's defensive coordinator two years ago.
"Scott's a very, very bright young guy," O'Leary said. "He understands how to move the ball. He understands how to put points on the board."
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Re: Travis Henry wants to be a Dolphin
That would be a perfect fit for the Dolphis and Henry.
The Bills, however, would be taking a HUGE gamble by getting rid of him in the division. Henry is still a very good back coming off some injuries, but they weren't serious though. New England gave up Bledsoe in the division and it paid off for them so Buffalo should hope to be on the better side of that intradivisional trade.