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Miami Dolphins have ‘moderate’ interest in Charles Woodson

 

abeasley@MiamiHerald.com

The Dolphins need playmakers on both sides of the ball. More specifically, they need to force more turnovers.

Enter Charles Woodson?

The eight-time Pro Bowler and the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 is available, and the Dolphins have “moderate” interest, according to a team source.

The Dolphins are among the organizations that have contacted Woodson’s agent, Carl Poston, since Woodson was released by the Packers last month.

Miami would likely use Woodson as a safety, where he played for most of last season. It’s a potential position of need, as starter Chris Clemons will become an unrestricted free agent if the two sides cannot reach an agreement by 4 p.m. Tuesday.

In his 15 NFL seasons with the Raiders and Packers, Woodson established himself as one of the best cover corners in NFL history. The Heisman Trophy winner in 1997, Woodson has 55 career interceptions and has forced 29 fumbles in 206 games.

The natural connection between Woodson and the Dolphins is Joe Philbin. The two spent six years together in Green Bay before Philbin became Miami’s coach.

Winston available

The Dolphins spoke to Eric Winston when they needed a right tackle last offseason. So it stands to reason they will again when they’re in essentially the same situation now. Winston, a 6-7 lineman out of the University of Miami, is available after being set free by the Chiefs on Wednesday.

Miami pursued Winston a year ago but balked at his asking price. He signed a four-year, $22 million contract with Kansas City but was cut after only one year. As of Thursday afternoon, he had not been contacted by Miami.

As for pending free agent Jake Long, Dr. James Andrews told Yahoo! Sports that Long looks “great.” Andrews repaired the left tackle’s torn triceps that cost him the final four games of 2012.

• Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland attended the pro days at FIU and the University of Miami on Thursday. Eight Dolphins representatives caught the UM workout; five were at FIU.

FIU safety Johnathan Cyprien, likely the top prospect from either school, ran a 4.5-second 40-yard dash and did 18 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, the school announced.

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