After losing Jake Long to the Rams, the Miami Dolphins have re-signed ofensive tackle Nate Garner, as of this morning. In his three seasons with the Miami Dolphins, Garner has started a total of 4 games this past season, but has played in all 16 games each season since 2009. Garner is known for his ability to be a utility offensive lineman in that he can spell each offensive line position. The deal was first reported and hinted by Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post and then confirmed as of this morning by Volin himself who is in Arizona for the NFL Owners Meetings.
The move signals or could signal the permanent movement of tackle Jonathan Martin being switched to the left tackle postion. Of course, many fans on twitter might disagree with this move, but in reality, the Dolphins might not be done dealing for a left tackle. What we do know is that Garner spelled Martin when Jake Long was place on IR. Garner brings depth to the line and continuity of Ireland's clear philosophy of keeping guys that coach Joe Philbin thinks highly of.
If this is the power move Dolfans were waiting for, rest assured, that Jeff Ireland has plans up his sleeves in free-agency or in the draft. Rumors have been floating around about a possible trade for a tackle, a signing of Eric Winston as plan be or even straying across enemy territory to grab Sebastian Vollmer, formerly of the Patriots.