Miami Dolphins begin to address guard positions with Ted Larsen

Signing veteran offensive lineman Ted Larsen, the Miami Dolphins have begun to address their needs on the interior of the offensive line.

Nov 30, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Arizona Cardinals guard Ted Larsen (62) blocks against the Atlanta Falcons in the second quarter at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

In need of two new starting guard players for the 2017 season, the Miami Dolphins knew they had a little work to do if they wanted to keep their offensive line in good shape next season. Adding a veteran guard to the mix should do the trick for this team going forward, making Ted Larsen the perfect signing for the Miami Dolphins this offseason.

A seven-year veteran of the NFL, Larsen can play all three interior offensive line positions. While center is not his natural position, Larsen should be a suitable backup option for the Dolphins at the position if and when Mike Pouncey goes through his next injury spell. However, Larsen will likely spend most of his time next season starting at one of the two guard positions.


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With Laremy Tunsil moving to the left tackle position this season and Jermon Bushrod not yet announcing whether or not he will return to the team, Miami has some offensive line questions to solve. With last season being the first in many years that the line played good as a unit, I doubt Miami would want to take another step backward with the unit.

Add into the equation that starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill is coming off a knee injury that sidelined him for the final four games of the Dolphins 2016 campaign, and the Dolphins need to get their offensive line healthy and strong. Adding someone like Ted Larsen who has talent and versatility is a major step in the right direction for the Dolphins.

The biggest question now will be where the Miami Dolphins get their second starting guard this offseason. While Jermon Bushrod could re-sign with the team due to his solid play last season, the Miami Dolphins may want to add a younger player to the position so that this constant flux of offensive linemen doesn’t continue every season.

Another issue for Miami will be for the team to add some depth to the offensive line. While those types of players can be added through the draft, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Miami Dolphins go after a few veteran and younger offensive linemen during free agency.

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