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It's obvious why tackle is a need for the Dolphins during free agency: Every position along the offensive line is a need except center. Even then, I have my reservations on Mike Pouncey due to some of his off-the-field issues.
Those issues not only include that Aaron Hernandez-related subpoena he was served with that was reported by Sports Illustrated back in October, but they also include his alleged drug parties that were insinuated by the Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito text messages USA Today's The Big Lead published last week.
Because I see the Dolphins signing a tackle and a guard in free agency, then drafting a tackle and a guard, I'll only include one of each. The tackle I'm going to suggest, who will become a free agent isn't Branden Albert, whom the Dolphins are expected to go after.
Instead, it's the Oakland Raiders' Jared Veldheer. Veldheer is the ideal free-agent left tackle due to his massive 6'8", 322 pound frame and his ability to block in the Dolphins' preferred zone-blocking scheme.
He's the ideal candidate, but he's also practically impossible at this point for a myriad of reasons.
The Raiders are $61 million under the cap, which essentially means they can afford to top any offer Miami brings to the table. More importantly, they have the franchise-tag option available for Veldheer. If they can't come to an agreement on a deal with him, they can easily place the tag on him and continue negotiations without hurting their cap room in the short term.
Then there's the fact that, as Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com points out, Veldheer wants to stay in Oakland, a sentiment he discussed his Monday interview with San Francisco's 95.7 FM. Both sides want a long-term deal done, and according to ESPN's Paul Gutierrez, such a deal will happen.
In the meantime, enjoy the Branden Albert talks that will consume Dolphins fans this March until a deal is made.