Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Dolphins continued their search for a new starting offensive tackle Tuesday. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, former Atlanta Falcons right tackle Tyson Clabo will visit Miami Tuesday night.
Clabo has been a fixture on the right side of the Atlanta Falcons offensive line for the last few seasons. Clabo started every game since 2008 as the Falcons’ right tackle. He’s also arguably the best tackle left on the free agent market, ranking fifth-best in the league at right tackle according to Pro Football Focus.
The Fins have kept in contact with right tackle Eric Winston since he visited earlier this year and had left tackle Bryant McKinnie in for a visit on Monday. Clabo would solidify the right side of the offensive line that will likely feature a new starting guard or have guard Richie Incognito slide to right guard to make room for Dallas Thomas at left guard.
The Dallas Cowboys are also reportedly keeping in contact with Clabo, but the Cowboys are right up against the salary cap and might not be able to meet Clabo’s contract requests.
The Dolphins also could still be interested in acquiring Kansas City Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert should the two teams finally come together on fair compensation for Albert. The Chiefs reportedly wanted a second round pick for Albert, who would also want a long-term contract paying him roughly $8-9 million per season.
McKinnie comes with red flags for weight and motivation issues, but was a star in the postseason run for the Baltimore Ravens in 2013.
The Fins will have cap space available to probably sign a tackle any time they wish and will have plenty of cap space available after June 1 to sign all of the team’s draft picks.
Update 5:34 p.m. – ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter reports that tackle Winston Justice and Eric Winston will both work out for the Dolphins on Wednesday.