Steelers vs. Dolphins Q&A with Paul L. Picken, Jr. of ‘Phin Phanatic’

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2. Do you believe that the Dolphins’ brass will try to overhaul their offensive line during the upcoming offseason? Which position is in the most need of an upgrade?

They absolutely will.  Looking at the multiyear plan that Jeff Ireland pointed to when he took over, and taking the 50,000 foot view of the team, Ireland set the table to have revamping the offensive line be a primary focus this coming offseason.  John Jerry and Richie Incognito were both set with multiyear deals that expire this offseason.  Clabo and McKinnie were brought in with the understanding that they were on a 1 year tryout.  I think the expectation was there for Pouncey and Martin to be the cornerstone of the offensive line next season.  That said, Pouncey could be the only starter from the first game that is still on the roster next season.  I don’t foresee Martin coming back, especially not with the Dolphins.  Depending on the investigation I could see a scenario where Richie comes back, though I think chances are slim.  I’d like to see them resign McKinnie, and you may see Sam Brenner as a possible starter next year.  Miami is currently carrying around $19M in cap space that they plan to roll into the cap for next year, so there will be a dearth of cap space.  I expect them to snag several linemen in the draft, but also to make a splash in free agency when it comes to the O-Line.  Some of that cap space, however, will be tied up in attempting to retain at least one of the two between Starks & Soliai on the defensive line, and hopefully in a multiyear deal with Brent Grimes.  To the original question, however, the team may be looking at up to four new starters on the O-Line next year based on current contracts and pending investigations.  If issues arise from the Pouncey’s role with Aaron Hernandez, it could even be a completely new line.

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