The Miami Dolphins have found the solution to their problem at offensive tackle, and they went with a smart, economical choice at right tackle. Throughout the offseason, the Dolphins have largely thrown money at the guys they want, but they wisely decided not to overpay for Branden Albert (and also give up a valuable draft pick) and instead signed former Atlanta Falcons star right tackle Tyson Clabo to a one-year deal, per multiple reports. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald was the first to tweet of an impending deal between the Dolphins and Clabo.
This move means that Clabo will hold down the fort at right tackle, while Jonathan Martin will shift over to left tackle in his second season. That’s where the Dolphins want the former Stanford Cardinal star to potentially flourish, and hopefully, for the Dolphins, Martin can be the next tackle to break out as a second-year player.
Clabo is one of the best right tackles in the NFL, and he is an absolutely terrific run blocker. Simply put, Clabo is a mauler due to his strength and 6’6″, 329 pound frame. The former Wake Forest star is still loved in Winston-Salem, and he is also assured in pass protection. While he wouldn’t be athletic enough to be the answer at left tackle, Clabo is the perfect solution for the Dolphins at right tackle. I find it hard to believe that likely one of the best five RTs in the game didn’t receive more interest in free agency, but I’m sure the Dolphins won’t be complaining about that any time soon.
The challenge for Tyson Clabo will be learning the Dolphins zone blocking scheme, but I’m sure that won’t be too much of an issue, especially with Clabo locked into his comfortable slot as a right tackle. This was an excellent signing for our AFC East rivals, and the Dolphins running lanes will be much more welcoming for new feature back Lamar Miller.
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