The Miami Dolphins could have interest in newly-released tackle Eric Winston, according to the Miami Herald.
The 29-year old Winston is one of the top right tackles in the league today and makes a great deal of sense for Miami to protect franchise quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Winston would certainly cost less than former first overall pick Jake Long, meaning the team could save money in order to make a run at re-signing cornerback Sean Smith.
If Winston does choose to take his talents to South Beach, the team would swing second-year player Jonathan Martin to left tackle, replacing Long. Martin, a former second round pick from Stanford was solid in his rookie season and has the athleticism to be at least an average blindside protector.
In a division devoid of top-flight pass rushers, but a division with Tom Brady and the Patriot offense, the move makes sense. Giving up pass protection for pass defense is a very sensible move for the team to compete with New England.
However, the Dolphins will surely not be the only suitors for Winston’s services. The Eagles are already rumored to have interest, and Winston would make sense on a team such as the Panthers or the Redskins.
The move also signals Kansas City’s likely decision to take a pass protector first overall, whether it be Texas A&Ms Luke Joeckel or Central Michigan product Eric Fischer.