Dolphins work out three veteran offensive tackles

5/2/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

The Miami Dolphins continued to spin the wheel on possible free agent options that could address the team’s situation at offensive tackle by bringing veterans Eric Winston, Tyson Clabo and Winston Justice to work out on Wednesday.  The visits come on the heels of free agent offensive tackle Bryant McKinne’s workout with the Miami Dolphins earlier on Monday.
Following the addition of new weapons all across the roster, the Miami Dolphins still have a glaring hole at offensive tackle. Some expected the Miami Dolphins to select Oklahoma City offensive tackle Lane Johnson when the traded up to the 3rd overall pick in last week’s draft. But the Miami Dolphins went with Oregon defensive end Dion Jordon instead.
While the Miami Dolphins versatile players across their offensive line – with center Mike Pouncey, left guard Richie Incognito, right guard John Jerry and tackle Jonathan  Martin returning from the 2012 season – the team is hoping to add quality to its pass protection unit. So, the Miami Dolphins are exploring the free agency to address the position with veteran players who will fit the offensive line, while providing the team with future financial flexibility if they sign a modest, short-term deal.
The Miami Dolphins are clearly aware that while they may be largely retooling the offense this offseason, not all issues at that side of the ball can be resolved at once. A free agent option will allow the Miami Dolphins to fill out the position in 2013 only to later acquire a long term solution at offensive tackle next offseason. The Miami Dolphins have neither closed the door on trading for a long-term answer at offensive tackle this offseason.
And even while the Miami Dolphins worked out Eric Winston, Tyson Clabo and Winston Justice on Wednesday, the team continued to hold talks with Bryant McKinne’s representation. The former Baltimore Ravens left tackle Bryant McKinne visited the San Diego Chargers on Wednesday.
The 33-year-old Bryant McKinne started all four playoff contests for the Baltimore Ravens but didn’t make a single start through all 16-games he played for the team last season. Bryant McKinne has reportedly faced several issues in recent years, including weight and conditioning concerns. But he took a physical with the Miami Dolphins and said his workout “went pretty good”.
Eric Winston started all 16 games for the Kansas City Chiefs last season. But the 29-year-old Eric Winston  was no longer needed in Kansas City after the team selected Eric Fisher No.1 overall in last week’s draft.
Tyson Clabo also started all 16 games for the Atlanta Falcons last season. The Atlanta Falcons reportedly saved $4.5 million following his release. Tyson Clabo has also drawn interest from the Dallas Cowboys.
Meanwhile, Winston Justice started 12 games for the Indianapolis Colts before he suffered a season-ending bicep injury. The Indianapolis Colts had already worked Winston Justice down from the $3.2 million salary originally set in his contract for 2012 to $1.5 million last season.
If the Miami Dolphins do bring in an offensive tackle, Jonathan Martin is expected to move to the left side. While Jonathan Martin seems willing to take on any task set to him by the team, he did struggle at the position while replacing an injured Jake Long last season. The Miami Dolphins lost their starting left tackle Jake Long this offseason when he signed with the St. Louis Rams during free agency.
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