With Chad Johnson gone, the Dolphins could use an attention-grabbing receiver right now, if nothing else than to keep viewers tuned in to HBO’s “Hard Knocks.” Seriously, with Miami’s receivers seemingly dropping more balls than they are catching, it might be worth seeing what Bolt could do. We even asked new coach Joe Philbin what he thought of Bolt. And true to head coaching form, Philbin didn’t know much about the guy who just dazzled the world with a second straight three-gold-medal Olympics.
“I haven’t even watched the Olympics, but I do remember Bob Hayes, great receiver,” Philbin began. “If you have any tape, what’d he run? Was he a 100-meter guy? 6-foot-5?”
Laughing, he added, “I’ll bring the tape up to Jeff (GM Jeff Ireland) and see what he says.”
NEW YORK JETS
How can owner Woody Johnson or coach Rex Ryan resist? Guaranteed tabloid back page forever if this happens. Tim Tebow to Usain Bolt, 99 yards, touchdown. Cool? Not? Practice would be a blast, too. Bolt streaking down a sideline, and the likes of cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie trying to keep up. Priceless.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Randy Moss and Chad Ochocinco (now known as jobless Chad Johnson) played for Bill Belichick, and now the Pats are looking at former Giants and Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress. Clearly, a big-play, big-name receiver is on someone’s wanted list, so why not Bolt? Even better than Tebow to Bolt, how does Brady to Bolt sound?
A team that traditionally looks at any option, why not this one? Even with the death of maverick owner Al Davis, new Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie would stir things up if Bolt were decked out in Silver and Black. Of course, the Raiders have to come up with an accurate passer from the trio of Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart and Terrelle Pryor.
They brought Bullet Bob Hayes to the NFL, so why wouldn’t owner Jerry Jones consider trying to woo Bolt to America’s Team? Heck, they’d become Jamaica’s Team, too. Adding some intrigue to this option, there are issues surrounding star receiver Dez Bryant, who has a hamstring problem and could still be disciplined by the NFL or the Cowboys following his arrest last month for allegedly assaulting his mother.
ST. LOUIS RAMS
How great this would be: The Rams show up at Wembley Stadium on Oct. 28 to play the Raiders, and guess who’s suiting up? (He could end up a Raider for this one, too). If nothing else, this could turn into quite a return to London for Bolt a little more than two months after he blazed to gold in the 100 and 200 meters and anchored the winning 4x100 relay team. Even with a slew of receivers, from deep threat Danario Alexander and the return of Danny Amendola, a Sam Bradford-to-Bolt sideshow is appealing.