Miami Dolphins Sign Tyson Clabo and Round Out Great Free Agency

Garrett BakerSenior Analyst IApril 8, 2017

Well, I was about a month early, but I said signing Tyson Clabo was the Miami Dolphins' best move, and it looks like Jeff Ireland agreed, as reported by Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel.

After selecting only Dallas Thomas for the offensive line in the draft, who has some potential at right tackle but is more of a guard prospect for the NFL, it was obvious that Miami still needed to make a move.

Some people posited that Branden Albert would still end up in Miami, but that trade just didn't make financial sense for the Dolphins.

Eric Winston was a possible fit, but he obviously just wanted a bigger deal than anyone, including the Dolphins, was willing to give him.

But Clabo will be a perfect fit for Miami, and he is the perfect final piece of the Dolphins' offseason crop.

The veteran right tackle will start right away, which means Jonathan Martin will be the left tackle in 2013. This may scare some fans, but I expect Martin to take a big step forward this year.

Clabo has been one of the NFL's best right tackles over the past few seasons, and he gives the Dolphins some veteran leadership in a season with a lot of new players coming in via free agency and the draft.

The deal is reportedly just for one year, so the 31-year-old is probably not part of Miami's long-term plans. But that is fine for now. The Dolphins can assess Martin's progress and go into next offseason with a good idea of how they want to shore up the tackle spot.

For now, Clabo will give the Dolphins a big, veteran body on the right side with a lot of experience. He will not only do a good job of protecting Ryan Tannehill, but he should bring a little consistency and leadership to an offensive line that could use it right now.

With this move in the books, Martin will start at left tackle, with Mike Pouncey at center and Richie Incognito and Lance Louis as the Dolphins' starting guards. However, don't be shocked if Thomas takes Incognito's spot and Miami gets the veteran's contract off the books.

As long as Martin is just average on the left side, this could be a very good offensive line, with John Jerry as a good backup who can fill in at guard or tackle.

Tannehill should be happy right now, as he'll have plenty of time to drop back and get the ball downfield to Mike Wallace or up the middle to Dustin Keller.

Clabo is a mauling run-blocker as well, which means that Lamar Miller, Daniel Thomas and rookie Mike Gillislee should see some big holes on the right side, as well.

Signing Clabo is a fantastic move by Ireland and should make all Dolphin fans even more excited for the 2013 season.

Things are looking up in Miami.