Miami Dolphins: Jeremy Shockey Passes Physical, Could Sign As Early As Friday

Jason Clary@IamJClaryCorrespondent IFebruary 24, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 10:  Tight end Jeremy Shockey #88 of the New Orleans Saints runs with the football for a 11 yard reception against the Arizona Cardinals during the first quarter of the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Saints 30-20.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Jeremy Shockey worked out on Thursday with the Miami Dolphins and passed a physical.

There has been buzz surrounding Shockey playing for Miami in 2011, which would make sense considering the lack of production from the position in 2010.

The New Orleans Saints cut Shockey, which is why Miami will be able to offer him a contract before the free agency period begins.


Why Shockey and Miami Makes Sense

Why does Jeremy Shockey make sense? Miami loves to run double tight end formations because it allows them to get ample blocking on the line for the running game, while also allowing an effective passing game.

Since Shockey did pass a physical, there should be no doubt that he is still in football shape. The style of offense that New Orleans runs doesn't heavily rely on the tight ends for production.

In Miami, Shockey would get a better chance to get valuable playing time and make a bigger impact. Paired with Anthony Fasano, the Dolphins could have two reliable tight ends. Having these two on the field at the same time would also create more consistency for Miami's struggling offensive unit.

The most effective offense that Miami has run in recent history was one that utilized two tight ends. This was in 2008 when the Dolphins went 11-5 and clinched the AFC East title.

Shockey also provides a veteran and vocal leader for a team that has many young players.

There is a mutual interest between Miami and Jeremy Shockey, and a deal could be negotiated very soon. If the free agency period is delayed by the expired CBA, this could be the only way for Miami to bolster their roster outside of the draft.