Another potential fit at right tackle hit the open market Thursday morning.
In a move to create enough cap space to be able to sign their draft picks, the Atlanta Falcons released nine-year veteran Tyson Clabo.
Clabo, 31, is actually coming off of a stellar season in Atlanta where he graded out fifth among all right tackles according to Pro Football Focus.
Needless to say, despite the need for cap relief and Clabo’s age, his release has come as a bit of a surprise to many Falcon fans.
But will Clabo’s availability on a market that already includes the likes of an Andre Smith and Eric Winston, entice the Dolphins to address the need for a tackle before the draft?
Doing so would give the Dolphins much more flexibility come draft time. Maybe freeing them up to take the best player available in the first and second rounds. But if their interest has only been lukewarm in Eric Winston and basically nonexistent in Andre Smith, I would be somewhat surprised if they made a strong push to sign Clabo.
They’ll definitely do their homework. Maybe they even bring him in for a visit. But odds are, if the two sides entertain contract talk, Jeff Ireland will low ball Clabo with a deal that he’ll find moderately offensive.
Ireland and the Dolphins seem comfortable with the idea of starting a rookie at right tackle in 2013. And if they don’t find a suitable prospect to fit that role in the draft, then they will likely be a little more willing to have serious negotiations with a veteran tackle like Clabo if he is still unsigned.