On Tuesday, the Miami Dolphins signed free agent DT Marvin Austin.
It’s a move that says starting DT Paul Soliai is more injured than initially led on. Soliai, who is the team’s best run stuffer, missed Sunday’s win over the Atlanta Falcons after hurting his knee against the Colts in week 2. At first the team reported the DT as day-to-day, but the signing of Austin clearly signals something different.
Though Soliai’s absence was felt on Sunday, Miami’s front seven is extremely deep and former starter and pro bowler Randy Starks filled in without (much) of a hitch. That being said, the Dolphins clearly felt concerned about the position and brought in Austin from free agency. Originally, the Dolphins were also going to look to Vaughn Martin, but Martin clearly proved insufficient for the Miami coaching staff.
Austin was taken in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the New York Giants, but after two lack luster seasons the two sides parted way. The former North Carolina Tarheel received looks from several NFL teams this offseason, but none willing to sign him-until the Dolphins.
Notes: As I said above Miami has a deep front seven, but boy are they getting hammered with injuries. It’s unclear how much time Cameron Wake will miss with his sprained MCL, but his absence will certainly be felt on Monday if he doesn’t play. The Dolphins got some good news on Tuesday when they found out Koa Misi’s shoulder is fine and he should be fine for Monday Night.