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NFL news roundup: Dolphins sign Tyson Clabo, Luke Joeckel dominates

A big free agent signing highlighted Sunday's NFL news, which involved a couple of right tackles in the state of Florida.


May and June are the slowest months of the NFL season, but the news is still trickling out with free agency winding to a close and rookie minicamps taking place across the league.

The biggest news on Sunday was the Dolphins' signing of free agent right tackle Tyson Clabo. The right tackle market developed slowly this offseason, but both Andre Smith and Clabo have signed in the last week, which has moved things along a bit. After losing Jake Long in free agency, Miami needed to find another tackle.

Here's what our friends at the Phinsider had to say immediately following the news:

The Dolphins have decided to sign Tyson Clabo. Clabo has been a consistent top-5 right tackle for most of his career. He was a salary cap casualty of the Atlanta Falcons. Clabo's agent confirms it is a one year deal that gives the team the flexibility to move on to a different option at tackle next year. Clabo almost certainly would win a "competition" at right tackle, meaning the competition at left tackle is between Jonathan Martin, Dallas Thomas, and Will Yeatman, which Martin is likely to win.

Speaking of right tackles, the Jacksonville Jaguars pulled the trigger on Luke Joeckel with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. He will be making the move from left tackle to right tackles, and while some may question the value of a right tackle with the second pick in the draft, early signs indicate he could be dominant at that spot. The Jaguars opened up rookie minicamp this weekend, and Joeckel has looked dominant despite some initial discomfort in making the switch to right tackle, according to the Associated Press. Head on over to Big Cat Country to discuss Joeckel and the rest of the noteworthy items from Jaguars minicamp.

In the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Broncos pulled the trigger on Western Kentucky defensive end Quanterus Smith, a player that may have come off the board three rounds earlier had he been fully healthy. Smith tore his ACL back in November, but the Broncos expect him to be a full go at the start of training camp, according to the Denver Post. You can discuss this and all of the latest Broncos news at Mile High Report.

It's no secret that Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots have struggled to draft and develop wide receivers in recent years. Still, the team spent its top draft choice on Marshall wide receiver Aaron Dobson last weekend, hoping he can provide a vertical threat on the outside. Belichick cited Dobson's basketball background a big positive for his NFL future, according to the Providence Journal. As always, Pats Pulpit has you covered on all things Patriots.

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