It was reported earlier today that left tackle Bryant McKinnie was mulling over offers from the Miami Dolphins and San Diego Chargers. But the 33-year old veteran has decided to pass on both opportunities to re-sign with the Baltimore Ravens.
Now that McKinnie is no longer an option for the Dolphins, general manager Jeff Ireland is said to be deciding between three right tackles he’s already hosted and worked out. Eric Winston, Tyson Clabo, and Winston Justice are the three potential signees at the moment.
But signing a right tackle also provides some clarity for the Dolphins at left tackle. It means, baring anything unforeseen, that they are comfortable, or at least willing, to move forward with Jonathan Martin in charge of protecting Ryan Tannehill’s blindside.
There was doubt that Miami had enough confidence to entrust Martin with that task after the Dolphins attempted to trade for Kansas City Chiefs’ left tackle Branden Albert. But the Dolphins weren’t desperate for Albert, reassuring at least marginal confidence in Martin, and were unwilling to meet the Chiefs’ demands for a second-round pick.
Reports indicate Jonathan Martin has gained some much needed strength so far this offseason. His improvement will be pivotal to the Dolphins’ success and ultimately the health of their franchise quarterback Ryan Tannehill.