Apparently, the Miami Dolphins where not quite done giving out one-year deals. Atlanta Falcons offensive tackle and cap-casualty, Tyson Clabo, was signed by the Dolphins on Sunday morning. Details of the financial terms have not yet been made available. Early April of this offseason, the Falcons created $4.5M. in cap space by releasing Clabo.
For the Dolphins, Clabo will be competing with Nate Garner and Will Yeatman for the starting right tackle position. The 31-year-old Clabo was the fifth rated right tackle in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus. The Dolphins chose him over the other right tackle Eric Winston who PFF ranked 9th in the league at the position. In their search to fill the position, the Dolphins also met with and held workouts with Winston Justice and Bryan McKinnie. McKinnie resigned with the Baltimore Ravens last week.
Clabo will be the 3rd offseason addition to the offensive line, joining former Chicago Bear, Lance Louis and third round draft pick Dallas Thomas. Thomas can play both guard and tackle. His flexibility adds to his value. If everything played out according to best case scenario, reports of Jonathan Marin’s rumored improvement would be real enough for him to secure the LT position, Richie Incognito would move over to the right guard position (where he has experience) leaving the left guard spot to Thomas. The offensive line would be Martin, Thomas, Pouncey, Incognito and Clabo.
After excelling in college with Wake Forest, Clabo was an un-drafted free agent signing by the Denver Broncos. Waived the same season, he was then signed to the New York Giants practice squad. In 2005, his next stop was the Falcons practice squad. In 2006 he would actually make team and never play for anyone else and would make the pro bowl as a Falcon in 2010.
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