The Miami Dolphins are set to welcome two former St. Louis Rams to South Florida on Friday, hosting free agent visits with guard Shelley Smith and cornerback Cortland Finnegan. Smith arrived late Thursday, according to the Miami Herald's Adam Beasley and Barry Jackson, and will meet with team officials first thing Friday morning. Finnegan is expected later in the day, as reported by the NFL Network's Albert Breer.
Smith appeared in 14 games last year for the Rams, starting two. In his fifth year out of Colorado State, Smith has played both left and right guard and was with the Houston Texans, where his position coach was John Benton, who now holds the offensive line coach position with the Dolphins. WIth the Texans, Smith was a reserve lineman, and missed the entire 2011 season due to injury.
He was awarded to the Rams in 2012 when the Texans waived him at the beginning of the season.
Finnegan was originally a seventh round pick of the Tennessee Titans in 2006, playing 93 games, with 79 starts, over six seasons. He recorded 14 interceptions, 473 tackles, six sacks, three forced fumbles, and four recoveries. In his two years in St. Louis, Finnegan added 23 games played, 20 starts, four interceptions, 128 tackles, one sack, and a forced fumble.
The Dolphins could use players at both positions. The offensive line is still a work in progress, with only two players in place on the starting lineup, center Mike Pouncey and the newly signed Branden Albert at left tackle. At cornerback, the team lost Nolan Carroll, the team's starter opposite Brent Grimes, when he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles yesterday. They also cut Dimitri Patterson, who would have been the starter over Carroll if injuries had not forced him to miss most of the year.