Friday, October 25, 2013

Report: Free agent Jay Ratliff on Dolphins' radar


The Miami Dolphins are currently set to lose their starting defensive tackle duo of Randy Starks and Paul Soliai to free agency after this season and may already be looking into one potential replacement.

The Dolphins are one of "several" teams interested in free agent defensive tackle Jay Ratliff, who was cut by the Dallas Cowboys on October 16, according to The Miami Herald.

Ratliff, 32, is a four-time Pro Bowler who has yet to play this season due to multiple injuries, including a sports hernia suffered last December.

His off-the-field troubles, including a January DWI arrest, and internal clashes with the organization were factors in his release from the defensive line-needy Cowboys.

The Dolphins' roster is already talented at the position, but with the prospect of extensions for either Starks or Soliai reportedly bleak, the need for long-term interior defensive linemen is right around the corner.

Ratliff has 27 sacks in 104 career games since being drafted in 2005 by a Dallas front office that then included current Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland.

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