The Miami Dolphins will host free agent running back Stevan Ridley on Tuesday, according to a report from ESPN's James Walker. The Dolphins are looking for a power running back to pair with starter Lamar Miller next season, while Ridley, who has spent his entire career with the New England Patriots, is just starting his free agency visits.
After being selected in the third round of the 2011 Draft, Ridley has rushed for 2,817 yards on 649 carries for the Patriots, adding 22 touchdowns. He tore his ACL last season, limiting him to just six games played with 94 carries for 340 yards and two touchdowns.
The Dolphins want to find the right compliment for Miller, who set career highs in attempts (216), yards (1,099), touchdowns (8), and yards per carry average (5.1) last season. He also caught 38 passes for 275 yards with a touchdown. Miami originally planned to have a platoon backfield, with free agent acquisition Knowshon Moreno splitting time with Miller; Moreno suffered a dislocated elbow and a torn ACL during the season, limiting him to just three games played, with 31 carries for 148 yards and a touchdown.
Miami could also look to the Draft at the end of April for their complementary rusher.