Jeff Ireland took no time to rest up after an eventful draft week moving quickly to try and solve the team’s holes on the offensive line. The Dolphins currently are very thin at OT and have been looking for solutions all off-season.
After the departure of Jake Long, it seemed that a trade for Brandon Albert was all but inventible. However Ireland wouldn’t cave to Chiefs GM’s demands and a potential deal has basically gone sour.
This week the Dolphins were very busy doing their due diligence on all available options to help out the position. The Dolphins hosted several OT’s not only meeting with them but having them do drills, running and truly assessing each possible options.
Option 1: Eric Winston
Winston’s name has been connected to the Dolphins all offseason. Fans have been waiting and waiting yet Winston still remains available. Winston is solid fit for this scheme and has played at a very high level the past couple of seasons. Winston could be slotted into the RT position with confidence while leaving Jonathan Martin at LT where people claim he has played his best football. Winston will be working out with the team this Wednesday. Winston offers potential leadership to the locker room and mentioned that he will be targeting 3-4M. Winston was ranked 9th among RT’s last season. Winston is familiar with the zone blocking scheme in Miami and has previously played for Mike Sherman. He allowed just three sacks in 2012. Every other RT with 3 or less sacks allowed played fewer pass block snaps than Winston.
Option 2: Eugene Monroe
The Jags LT might be on the block after the team drafted Luke Joekel 2nd overall. Monroe would probably cost the Dolphins a 1st or 2nd round pick to acquire but is a player about to enter his prime and is already a top 10 tackle in the league. Monroe would really stabilize the position but it remains uncertain if he available.
Option 3: Tyson Clabo
Clabo, formally responsible for keeping Matt Ryan upright, is another player the Dolphins did not previously have any interest in. On Wednesday the team has brought in the tackle for a visit. Matt Miller ranked Tyson Clabo as his 8th best RT in 2012 and considers him as a quality player. The Clabo option is an intriguing one, we shall see if it is in fact the direction they go. Clabo is 6’6, 330 and has played in a power blocking scheme before.
Option 4: Bryant Mckinnie
The Dolphins brought in South Florida native, Bryant Mckinnie on Tuesday who they had previously had no interest in. Mckinnie has also gone to SD for a visit and the Ravens remain an option for him. Mckinnie has been around and is a seasoned vet who played very well for the Ravens down the stretch in the playoffs. Mckinnie would be a true 1 year stop gap as he isn’t the ideal fit for this scheme and isn’t the ideal fit for the locker room, that being said if he performs like he did last January the Dolphins would be in good shape.
Option 5: Winston Justice
The Dolphins are bringing in the former Colts and Eagles OT for a workout Wednesday. Personally this is my least favorite of the possible OT solutions. The Dolphins are probably just doing their due diligence on all the options available to them.