The Miami Dolphins cut defensive tackle Marvin Austin on Tuesday evening less than a month after he was signed to provide depth along the defensive line. Dropping Austin brings the Dolphins’ roster to 52 players, which means they will be looking to sign or trade for someone sometime soon to fill his void.
Rumors have been circulating as to what position Miami will soon be acquiring. It was originally reported that the Dolphins were exploring the running back market, but a source told the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero that the team isn’t looking to add a runner to their backfield at this time.
Said source did reveal to Salguero that acquiring an offensive lineman is a possibility for the Dolphins, however. And that would be the move that makes the most sense for Miami.
The Dolphins’ current offensive line has already allowed 24 sacks through five games, which puts quarterback Ryan Tannehill on pace to absorb more sacks than any passer has ever taken in the history of the NFL.
And that is something the Dolphins can’t just sit back and let happen, especially considering how vital protecting Tannehill is to the team’s success in 2013 and the foreseeable future.
I’m not going to speculate as to who the Dolphins should look to sign or trade for, but the obvious move would be to find a replacement for right tackle Tyson Clabo, who has already conceded six sacks this season. Left tackle Jonathan Martin and right guard John Jerry have also struggled, but Clabo has been the unit’s weakest link.