The Miami Dolphins have given offensive lineman Sam Young a one year deal.
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The impending free agent who was with the Dolphins in training camp was released, re-signed to the practice squad, and then joined the Dolphins 53 man roster as injuries piled up and Dallas Thomas and Billy Turner were released.
Young will be on his 3rd contract with the Dolphins. He has appeared in six games this season backing up both the left tackle and right tackle positions. He started one game this season. Young is finishing his 7th NFL season after spending his previous years with the Jaguars.
The Dolphins are also hopeful that a long term deal can get done with both Kiko Alonso and wide-receiver Kenny Stills. Both are finishing their rookie contracts. In addition Miami needs to make decisions on Reshad Jones and Jarvis Landry. Both are still under contract but getting a deal done this off-season makes more sense.
Miami will need to make very good off-season moves specifically on the defensive side of the ball. Miami has had a horrible time stopping the run. The Dolphins need to keep the offense together and concentrate on defense. Miami will need new linebackers, another safety, defensive line help and possibly another corner.
In other news Vance Joseph’s name seems to be getting mentioned as a head coaching candidate lately but those rumors are really unfounded. It’s likely that Joseph will interview for at least one vacancy but it would be a complete shock if he actually was hired.
Joseph is in his first year as a coordinator after spending his previous years coaching defensive backs. While teams may like what Joseph has to offer he truly lacks experience at this point. Another year or two and he may find those opportunities more likely. Of course it’s not like the Dolphins defense has been stellar this season either, especially against the run. But credit to Joseph is due. There is a huge difference from years past and his defense is making game changing plays. It’s enough to get him noticed and eventually he will be ready for that jump.