The Dolphins have taken a far more passive role in acquiring offensive lineman. Especially guards. Each season the Dolphins enter the off-season with every member of the media and even more fans placing a premium on the guard position.
2017 was no different.
With the trade of Branden Albert to the Jaguars and the moving of Laremy Tunsil outside to left tackle, the Dolphins not only had a hole at guard they created the hole. Jermon Bushrod would enter free agency and the Dolphins were being linked to every top named guard on the market.
And of course they were. This was the Miami Dolphins after all and who better to spend top dollar on the top names. Miami stayed firm in their decision to no longer overpay for veteran free agents. So no Kevin Zeitler. Instead Miami watched other teams pay top premiums for players that in the past saw the market set by Miami.
Instead the Dolphins turned to the cheaper options that fit the mold of what they are working to build. Veterans who are getting a little older and no longer command top dollars but are also relatively injury free.
Miami opted to sign Ted Larsen to a three-year deal. Larsen is versatile and can play more than just guard. He isn’t expensive and plays with the same team first mindset that Adam Gase is instilling in his young team.
Larsen is penciled in as a day one starter for the Dolphins and the addition has taken the need for a top one or two-day draft pick off the table for Miami.
The Dolphins followed Larsen with re-signing Bushrod. Bushrod played well last year and his contract too is team friendly. This allows the Dolphins to enter the draft not needing a day one starter but a player that they can develop. For once, Miami seems to have the coaching staff to do just that.