The Miami Dolphins have signed veteran offensive lineman Daryn Colledge to a one-year deal after losing their star center Mike Pouncey due to surgery to repair a torn labrum. Miami had been looking to shuffle around their offensive line and had a few players in mind to fill the void left by Pouncey during his three-month recovery period.
Colledge’s addition to the team is a bit exciting in that he has been very durable over the course of his career starting all 16 games over the past six seasons for the Green Bay Packers and the Arizona Cardinals. Colledge can play anywhere the team asks him to, but this is likely a depth move.
Colledge gives the team flexibility by allowing them to shift offseason acquisition G Shelley Smith to center if they chose to do so or allow swing-man Nate Garner to take control of the duties. The team could even allow G Sam Brenner to take care of the task.
This move speaks volumes about how comfortable the team feels about T/G Jason Fox as a backup. Fox was thought to be one of the team’s more underrated but still solid offseason moves. Adding a player such as Colledge could spell the end for Fox upon Pouncey’s return or even as the team trims down to a 53-man squad.
Colledge certainly gives Miami flexibility to shift around their offensive line a bit, and my best guess from this move is that Smith will likely take over the reigns as the team’s starting center while Colledge takes the right guard duties from Smith.