Tyson Clabo, Dolphins agree to terms on 1-year deal
The Miami Dolphins had been looking at options to fill the gaping hole at the offensive line following Jake Long’s departure and subsequent signing with the St. Louis Rams. The Miami Dolphins had been high on acquiring bookend Branden Albert from the Kansas City Chiefs. But after that trade reportedly ended dead the past week, the Miami Dolphins started looking back at the other options previously under consideration.
The 31-year-old Clabo was released by the Atlanta Falcons last month after seven seasons with the team. Clabo was one of the four offensive tackles who worked out for the Miami Dolphins this week. He also drew interest from the Dallas Cowboys during free agency. But the Miami Dolphins picked up Clabo after the trade for Albert appeared at a dead end.
However, the move doesn’t necessarily address the Miami Dolphins’ core issue along the offensive line. While Albert or even veteran free agent offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie (also previously under consideration) could have easily moved into the vacant left tackle spot, Clabo is seen a right-side power blocker.
This evidently means offensive tackle Jonathan Martin will have to shit to left tackle. However, Martin struggled along the right side of the offensive line last season, which could setup a somewhat variable protection for quarterback Ryan Tannehill last season. The Miami Dolphins already invested a lot in surrounding Ryan Tannehill with offensive weapons next season.
However, the nine-year pro Clabo is still a quality and likely bargain pickup for the Miami Dolphins. Clabo started 91 straight games for the Atlanta Falcons during the stretch, and made a Pro Bowl appearance in 2010. He previously also made a single season stop in Denver, after the Broncos signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2004.