ORLANDO, Fla. -- It’s no secret the Miami Dolphins need help on the offensive line. This year Miami could have as many as four new starters by Week 1 of the regular season.
With that in mind, should the Dolphins pursue Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis? Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports Mathis has been put on the trading block this week during the NFL owners meetings.
The Dolphins lost both starting guards from 2013 due to their high-profile bullying scandal. Richie Incognito and John Jerry were cited in the Ted Wells report for the harassment of former teammate Jonathan Martin. Both Incognito and Jerry were unrestricted free agents who will not return. Jerry signed with the New York Giants.
Miami recently signed guard Shelley Smith in free agency to fill one guard position, as well as left tackle Branden Albert. Mathis, 32, would make some sense for the Dolphins due to his familiarity with new Miami offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, who was a quarterbacks coach in Philadelphia.
The major question could be the price tag. The Dolphins have seven draft picks next May and probably aren’t willing to give up a high selection in the first year under general manager Dennis Hickey. But a mid-round pick, such as a third- or fourth-rounder, could make things interesting.