Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Now that Jake Long has taken his talents to St. Louis, the Miami Dolphins have some decisions to make along the offensive line.
The Dolphins have the positions of center and left guard set with Mike Pouncey and Richie Incognito entrenched in the respective positions. But past those two, the left and right tackle positions, along with right guard are all up in the air.
The only tackle currently on the Dolphins roster is Jonathan Martin, last year’s second-round draft pick who filled in for Long in the final few games of the 2012 season. The widespread belief has been that Miami would slide Martin to left tackle and sign a right tackle in free agency.
There are two right tackles who fit the role the Dolphins are looking for near the top of the free agent tackle crop: Sebastian Vollmer and Eric Winston. Vollmer battled back problems last year, but played through them for the New England Patriots.
Winston has been an ironman and was released this year due to salary cap problems in Kansas City. He’s a former Miami Hurricane and has been looked at by the Dolphins in the past. Winston would likely come a little cheaper than Vollmer, which would help the Fins add other players.
Past those two, the free agent class drops significantly, but there’s plenty of talent available in the 2013 NFL Draft along the offensive line. Some of the players available in the draft include: guard Chance Warmack, guard Jonathan Cooper, tackle D.J. Fluker, and others.