November 11, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Atlanta Falcons tackle Tyson Clabo (77) against the New Orleans Saints prior to kickoff of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins Solve Their Tackle Problem Sign Clabo

The Miami Dolphins will enter the 2013 with a new starting left tackle and today they will enter the 2013 season with a new starting right tackle.  As the March new year rang in for the NFL, the biggest question was what would the Miami Dolphins do about their offensive line.

Jake Long left for the St. Louis Rams after a week of back and forth and the Dolphins then opted not to address the position during free agency.  Most believed the Dolphins would slide last years rookie RT Jonathan Martin to left tackle where he filled in for an injured Long last year and address the position in the draft.

Today the Dolphins and former Atlanta Falcon RT Tyson Clabo have agreed to terms.  Clabo will play the right side and Martin will indeed move to the left.

In the days leading up to the draft, the Dolphins were reportedly in heated discussions with the Kansas City Chiefs about a  trade that would bring LT Branden Albert to the team.  There are varying reports on how those trade winds blew.  The Dolphins had reportedly offered their 2nd, second rounder while the Chiefs reportedly wanted the first.  Then it appeared the Dolphins hadn’t offered anything less than a 3 or a 4.  Regardless, the trade never happened.

As the Dolphins opened their end of the week rookie mini-camp, head coach Joe Philbin told reporters that “nothing was immanent” in regards to adding a left tackle.  Apparently it was or a right tackle.

Clabo comes from the Falcons who came up one game short of a Super Bowl birth last year.  He will join another former Falcon, Brent Grimes.  Clabo was being courted heavily by the Dallas Cowboys who are looking for an upgrade over Doug Free who is still on the roster.  The Dolphins had been flirting with another right tackle over the last two off-seasons.

Many believed that Eric Winston was the top choice for the Dolphins after the team flirted with him at the kick-off to free agency last season.  Winston signed with the Chiefs after leaving Miami without a deal.  Winston was cut this off-season by the Chiefs prior to the start of free agency.  The Dolphins showed interest in Winston but never seemed to connect.  They revisited the player after the draft but have now opted to go the Clabo route.

According to Pro-Football Focus Winston was the 9th rated RT in the NFL last season, Clabo was rated 5th.  Clabo has started every game for the Atlanta Falcons since 2008.  The only team he had ever played for.  His release last month was a salary cap move that saved the Falcons 4.5 million.

The terms of the deal are not immediately known but it appears to be a one year deal for the 32 year old tackle.  If true, the Dolphins will need to be exceptionally active in the 2014 off-season.   The Dolphins have made several one year deals this off-season.  Brent Grimes, Dustin Keller, Randy Starks on the franchise tag, and now  Clabo.

CORRECTION:  Tyson Clabo originally signed with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent.  He was cut and added to the NY Giants practice squad.  He signed with the Falcons in 2005.

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  • Jcartwright67

    I’m going on a limb! Dolphins were never interested in any of the LT’s in FA/trade or draft including Jake Long. They adored the fact that the media, national and local, wanted a new LT to replace Long, and played it to the end. Enter the Philadelphia Eagles; coveting the best DE/OLB in the draft and former recruit of Oregon coach Chippy! Chip says let them trade up and take Lane…I still get my future Pro Bowl DE. Poker face! Ireland took the best DE, time will tell, and forced the Eagles to draft a TE to play Tackle. Martin is good folks, check his combine bio and 37 starts as a LT for a major University. Fisher and Joeckel will be introduced to the, “pound for pound”, best athletes in the world playing DE in the NFL every week and twice on Sunday’s. They too will be bull rushed and made to look juvenile. Have faith in Martin he’s going to impress this year.

    • Pygskyn

      Exactly. You just kind of get a bit of a mad scientist feel from Ireland this offseason. Some of the things he does seem crazy and unfocused, but then all of a sudden a move happens and your left wondering if they lucked into the situation or if that was really his devious plan all along.

    • Tommy Gosling

      i have been saying it for years that jeff ireland is the best GM of all time. trust me the guy knows his job. 57% draft success and has another 60 million in cap space in 2014.

      • Royce Molick

        You’re telling me that Jeff is the best GM in football? Yes, lets sign an overrated one route wide receiver and let our best running back go. In order to win in the AFC East, you need to be able to have a good running game when playing in the cold weather. The Dolphins instead opted for a fly route receiver who they will have trouble getting the ball to when it’s snowing later in the season.

        • dirtyjewels

          How is letting go an aging off injured running back a bad move? After the jets game where he got hurt, he was never the same anyway. Afraid to hit the hole fast, started dancing. Lamar Miller is more than capable to take up the slack from letting bush go. Besides, don’t really think any team in the AFC east has a really outstanding running game.

  • Larry Nones

    I want to believe that Jonathan Martin will be “The Man” at LT ! GO PHINS !!