The Miami Dolphins cut running back Cameron Marshall earlier today, which has freed up a roster spot for general manager Jeff Ireland to sign a free agent.
According to league sources, the Dolphins are exploring the possibility of adding a veteran offensive lineman. That could mean one of two things for Miami: Either (a) the team isn’t satisfied with the depth at left tackle after rookie Dallas Thomas struggled mightily in Canton or (b) they’d like to bring on an experienced right guard to fill the void left by the injured John Jerry.
I tend to believe the depth at left tackle is the bigger concern right now. Not only because the Dolphins are a Jonathan Martin injury away from employing a revolving door on quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s blindside, but, truthfully, there’s no plan B in place in case the Martin experiment fails.
The most notable left tackle still on the market is the talented but seemingly ephemeral Jared Gaither. Gaither has started 37 games in six seasons, but has been criticized for milking injuries that weren’t all that serious.
Jammal Brown is another notable free-agent tackle. Brown has played primarily on the right side in 84 career starts, but he’s one of the few right tackles who has the skill set to play on the left side.
32-year old free-agent tackle Sean Locklear is another lineman who has played on both sides of the line, as is nine-year veteran Frank Omiyale.
We’ll see what the Dolphins decide to do, but it’s pretty clear that they’re not satisfied with the play of their offensive line thus far.