Richard Marshall and Eric Winston Scheduled to Meet with Miami Dolphins
A pair of free agents, Richard Marshall and Eric Winston, are scheduled to meet with the Dolphins, according to Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post.
Winston is the more notable of the two. The University of Miami alum was a cornerstone on the Houston Texans' offensive line for the last five years. Winston didn't miss a start over that span, and he was a member of the line that helped Arian Foster capture the NFL rushing title in 2009.
The Texans had to cut Winston because of cap space restraints, and the 6'6", 305 pound lineman will draw the interest of teams around the league. However, Miami is Winston's first visit, and that might suggest the 'Fins are his first choice.
Right tackle is one of Miami's most pressing needs, and adding a stud like Winston would be awesome. Hopefully, he won't price himself out of Miami's range.
Also worth nothing: Winston's brother, Matt, is a scout for the Dolphins.
Meanwhile, cornerback Richard Marshall is also scheduled to meet with the 'Fins.
Marshall, who played for the Arizona Cardinals last season, has unique versatility. He's a defensive utility man who can play cornerback, nickelback, free safety, and even contributes on special teams.
Marshall has registered at least 75 tackles and one interception in each of his six NFL seasons.
The Dolphins have needs at both nickelback and free safety, so Marshall could be a perfect signing. If Miami can land Reggie Nelson (no word yet on whether or not they're actually interested in him), then Marshall can play nickelback. But, if the 'Fins can't acquire Nelson, then Marshall might be able to step back and play free safety.
This is a shrewd move by Jeff Ireland.
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