The Miami Dolphins spent this offseason addressing the team's biggest need after a disappointing 2013 campaign - the offensive line. From signing multiple free agents, headlined by left tackle Branden Albert, and using multiple draft picks, including a first round choice on Ja'Wuan James and a third round selection on Billy Turner, the team rebuilt a line that allowed 58 sacks a year ago.
Which raises a question. Should the team look to re-sign a member of that disappointing line from last season?
The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero wrote an interesting post yesterday that the Dolphins should consider bringing back left tackle Bryant McKinnie. Not to push Albert, who was a Pro Bowl selection last season, but to serve as Albert's understudy. McKinnie joined Miami mid-season last year after the team traded for him from the Baltimore Ravens. He came in and immediately upgraded the line (upgraded, not made dominant). The 12-year veteran is clearly in the twilight of his career, but he could be exactly what the Dolphins need in a number two tackle.
As Salguero points out, the Dolphins are currently using Nate Garner as the backup left tackle. As great as Garner is in his role as utility reserve for four of the five offensive line position, the one spot in which he struggles is the left tackle spot. It will probably get ugly if the team needs to use Garner in that spot. McKinnie could prevent that.
The Salguero article does have stipulations, like McKinnie needing to agree to a veteran minimum, one-year deal, but it is a possible option, both for the Dolphins who need the depth at the position, and for McKinnie, who could be looking to spend one more year in the league.
Would you like to see Miami sign McKinnie? Check out Salguero's article for all the reasoning behind the idea, then make sure you vote in our poll.