Eric Winston wants to play for Dolphins, why haven’t they signed him?

The Miami Dolphins need to upgrade their offensive line.  If the season started today, Jonathan Martin would be their left tackle and Nate Garner would be their right tackle.  If that thought doesn’t scare you like a horror movie, then you might have drank too much this weekend.  The Dolphins obviously need to upgrade their offensive line.  There simply isn’t enough talent there to protect Ryan Tannehill right now.  The Dolphins obviously went out and got Tannehill a lot of shiny weapons this offseason.  Why then would they not address the big guys up front, who’s job is to protect Tannehill?  I think they will and I think there is a plan.

Photo Courtesy of Rick Kimpel (via Wikipedia)

Photo Courtesy of Rick Kimpel (via Wikipedia)

The biggest question out there right now is why the Dolphins have not signed Eric Winston.  Winston will be 30 years old in November, however he was ranked as the #9 right tackle in the NFL last season.  He’s also not going to be overly expensive.  Oh yeah, did I mentioned that he….ya know…..WANTS TO PLAY FOR THE DOLPHINS???  It’s a mystery why a team that needs a right tackle would not sign the best available right tackle on the market, who wants to play for them….. and for a reasonable price.  The Dolphins had money set aside for Jake Long and since he bolted for the Rams, they have that money available, although Winston would only take a portion of that.

So why isn’t he signed?  This is pure speculation, but the PhinNation theory is that the Dolphins are not completely sold on Jonathan Martin being a franchise left tackle.  They drafted him to be a right tackle last year.  Although he didn’t get Ryan Tannehill killed last season after filling in for Jake Long, he didn’t exactly light the world on fire.  He gave up sacks and pressures and was at best an average left tackle (and that is being generous).  So maybe the Dolphins are holding off on signing Winston because they view Martin as their answer at right tackle for the 2013 season.   (cont’d on page 2, click here)

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