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Dolphins Sign Jermon Bushrod to One-Year Deal

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Miami adds competition at guard with former Bears' offensive tackle.

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The Dolphins have signed former Chicago Bears' offensive lineman Jermon Bushrod to a one-year deal, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.

Bushrod, 31, played in 12 games for the Bears in 2015, prior to suffering a major shoulder injury.  Chicago released the offensive lineman after he failed to pass a physical back in February.  During his three seasons with the Bears, Bushrod started 30 games before losing his starting job due to ineffectiveness and injury concerns.  Miami hopes he can recover from last season's injury, competing for a starting job on the team's offensive line.

Salguero notes, the Dolphins believe the two-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle could have a future at guard, a position the Dolphins are desperately trying to improve.  The former New Orleans' 4th round pick played a significant part during the Saints' Super Bowl run in 2009.  In 2011, Bushrod led the league in snaps with 1,177. Throughout his nine-year career Bushrod played in 108 games.  He combined for 98 starts with the Bears and Saints.

Miami hopes Bushrod can be an added addition to an offensive line that allowed 45 sacks in 2015.