Dolphins sign Tyson Clabo, according to report


The Dolphins will sign Tyson Clabo, solidifying the right side of the offensive line but leaving a glaring hole at left tackle.

Tyson Clabo will sign with the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, according to Ian Rapoport of Clabo was released by the Atlanta Falcons after seven years at right tackle. He is the assumptive starter at the same position for the Dolphins.

The signing still leaves the Dolphins without an obvious fill-in for their most glaring need: Left tackle. Since Jake Long left in free agency for the St. Louis Rams, the Dolphins have unable to find a clear-cut starter. They flirted with the Kansas City Chiefs in a trade that would have sent Branden Albert to Miami, but after failing to reach an agreement by the 2013 NFL Draft, negotiations have since died.

Currently, Jonathan Martin is projected to start at left tackle, though he may not be a natural fit for the position. After being drafted in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft, he debuted at right tackle for the Dolphins. Martin spent some time on the left side last season, but only when Long was injured.

Whether Martin can be an effective pass protector remains to be seen. Rookie Dallas Thomas may also compete for the job, as well as Will Yeatman, though neither player is any more proven than Martin.

With Clabo, however, at least the right side of the offensive line should be solid. The Dolphins could be strong up front next season, provided Martin (or whoever) is at least serviceable protecting Ryan Tannehill's blind side.

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