Saturday, February 1, 2014

Dolphins' O-line poised for yet another big shakeup


The Miami Dolphins' offensive line has endured more than its fair share of shakeups over the past 12 months.

It started with tackle Jake Long's departure, which prompted a flip-flopping of positions for Jonathan Martin. The in-season signing of Tyson Clabo and an injury to guard John Jerry later caused more movement on both the outside and inside of the line.

Then came the trade for tackle Bryant McKinnie, followed by Martin's leaving the team for the alleged bullying scandal, which resulted in guard Richie Incognito's departure.

And that was through just the first half of the 2013 regular season. But now a little over a month ahead of the 2014 free agency period, the Dolphins are poised for much more change.

Miami has four of its five would-be starting offensive linemen slated for unrestricted free agency, with two more backup linemen to become restricted free agents, according to The Miami Herald.

Center Mike Pouncey is the lone primary contributor on the offensive line under contract through mid-March, and the Dolphins will certainly need to address the positions surrounding Pouncey through the draft, free agency and possible internal promotions.

New general manager Dennis Hickey certainly has his work cut out for him on the offensive front, though the Dolphins also have serious decisions to make on cornerback Brent Grimes and defensive tackles Paul Soliai and Randy Starks, whom are also slated to become unrestricted free agents.

Like last year, the Dolphins will have major moves to make once free agency begins.

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