The Miami Dolphins will address left tackle during free agency; that's almost as certain as rush hour traffic on I-75 inside the loop. Baltimore Ravens tackle Eugene Monroe, traded from Jacksonville last year and currently locked into negotiations with an unfavorable forecast in Baltimore, figures to be Miami's No. 1 target. Kansas City Chiefs tackle Branden Albert, whom the Arizona Cardinals will reportedly make a big push for, is another.
According to Armando Salguero with the Miami Herald, Bengals offensive tackle Anthony Collins is on their radar.
None of the three players is certain to become free agents because their have until Saturday to sign them before other teams can join in negotiations for their services. But Monroe, for example, had no contract talks with Baltimore on Tuesday and the sides are not close.
So the Dolphins hold their breath.
If the three are available, it’s clear Monroe is Miami’s first choice. He has played 76 of a possible 79 games since 2009 so he’s durable. He’s also the best pass blocker of the group. But last season Monroe was only average as a run-blocker. Baltimore was 30th in the NFL running the football and, yes, he was part of the problem.
Monroe is good but not yet elite. So paying him $11.5 million to $12 million per season suggests overpaying. That’s elite tackle money.
Team can begin negotiating with free agents on other teams this Saturday but aren't allowed to sign anything until this Tuesday.